Monday, November 11, 2013

Volunteers put together 100,000 meals for malnourished children

It was not a typical Saturday for Long Duong.

He found himself in an assembly line at University of Illinois Springfield, scooping dried vegetables, rice, soy, and powdered nutrients into plastic bags.

“This is the best way to spend a Saturday. With friends, it’s even more fun,” Duong said as he carefully leveled two more scoopfuls of vegetables and nutrients before pouring the contents into a bag.

The 23-year-old college student was among 500 volunteers who gathered at the UIS Recreation and Athletic Center on Friday and Saturday to pack 100,000 meals for hungry children across the world.

The MobilePack event was hosted by Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based Christian organization that relies solely on volunteers to assemble nutritionally complete meals designed to curb malnutrition and prevent starvation.

The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on November 10, 2013.

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