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Volunteers gather in West Jordan to pack 170,000 meals for starving children

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 17:34:56-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — A crowd of volunteers gathered to help children in need Friday and Saturday, and the group had a goal of packing more than 150,000 meals.

Maureen Evans, a host coordinator for Kids Feeding Kids, said several groups teamed up with volunteers from various businesses, organizations and youth groups for the charitable drive, which was held at 1100 West and 7800 South in West Jordan.

“Kids feeding Kids is partnering with Feed My Starving Children, and we’re going to pack 170,000 meals today that will be distributed worldwide,” she said.

The meals are a low-cost way to deliver nutrients to children around the world who face starvation.

“Each meal consists of soy protein, rice–dehydrated rice–and a protein powder, which allows starving tummies to absorb it,” she said. “And there are six meals in each bag, and it’s 22 cents each meal.”

Volunteers said many of the children they are helping face dire circumstances, and they said they are glad to be able to make a difference.

“It’s really important: 6,200 children die every day from starvation, so, packing these meals makes a big difference in many kids’ lives,” Evans said.

Last year the organization packed 209,952 meals at a similar event. While it wasn’t clear yet exactly how many people volunteered this weekend, organizers said there were about 180 people present during the shift that gathered Saturday morning.

For more information about Kids Feeding Kids and the ways you can help their efforts, visit their website.