by Kate Collins
I spent Saturday afternoon on an assembly line, putting scoops of dried vegetable flakes into a funnel. Sound like fun? Actually, it was. I participated in a local KIDS AGAINST HUNGER service day, along with senior citizens, college students, middle school kids, and my friends, working, talking, and listening to music provided by the Purdue Glee Club.
Ten teams comprised of all age groups worked together like well-oiled machines, packing 4 different ingredients into plastic bags, weighing, sealing, and boxing them. In five hours, we assembled over 61,000 meals, each meal feeding a family of four. And ours was a small operation.
We worked hard for several hours, and yet as I looked around the jam packed hall, all I saw were glowing, happy faces. Every person there was enjoying it. Every person there glowed because they knew they were helping hungry families everywhere, including our own great country, where hunger flourishes -- and many of us tend to think it doesn't.
Have you ever heard about Kids Against Hunger? I hadn't. But here is some interesting information from the www.Kidsagainsthunger.org website:
"Since its launch, Kids Against Hunger has provided over 200 million meals for children and their families in more than 60 countries through the efforts of hundreds of thousands of volunteers.
Kids Against Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving children and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency. Kids Against Hunger accomplishes this by mobilizing the energy and caring of American children, teens, and adults on behalf of hungry children around the world. Kids Against Hunger seeks to end the literal hunger of children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans – a hunger for meaning and contribution."
If this sounds like something you'd like to participate in, check out their website to find a satellite operation near you -- or start one in your community, service organization, or church. I know I'll be signing up again. I glowed all weekend.