Stewartville Sending Thousands of Meals to Help Overseas

Created: 04/07/2014 11:40 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Over the past 11 years, over one million meals have been packed by volunteers for Food for Kids in Stewartville. Those meals have been sent overseas to kids in need in areas of natural disaster. Saturday, the local Kiwanis club added to that total.

Approximately 350 people packed food at the Stewartville Senior Center, and for some it wasn't their first time.

"It's just a great thing to do! Who doesn't want to help kids?" said Kiwanis member Todd Weston.

For others, it was their first time.

"We get to help a lot of people so… Keep them living!" said 3rd grade volunteer Calli Coolidge.

For Coolidge and her friend and fellow Girl Scout Ellie Van Lent, they're learning the importance of giving to the less fortunate.

"We're giving somebody that doesn't get food some kind of food," said Van Lent.

The rice and vegetables will feed 120,000 people, many in Afghanistan and Chile, areas where food is currently hard to come by for many. Some of the food is staying and being given to the local Channel One food bank.

"It really varies depending on where the need is. They keep it in storage waiting for natural disasters and waiting for wherever the greatest need is," said Weston.

"I love volunteering and I just thought it was an amazing opportunity to try and take," said Circle K president Eric Nehlhaff.

Many kids will have food on the table they may not otherwise have had.