VINTON – Hurricane victims in Texas and Florida benefit directly from the 30,240 meals packaged Sunday during Vinton Feeds The World.
The fourth annual food packaging event organized locally by Marta Bauer of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church happened while Hurricane Irma was pounding southern Florida.
Half of those 30,250 meals remain in Benton County with the other half being shipped to the hurricane zone. In past years, half of the meals have gone to other nations with populations of those in need of food.
“We had another successful event, packaging 30,240 meals in a little over an hour,” said Bauer in a Facebook post.
“Thanks to everyone for their hard work and thanks to AmeriCorps for really helping with all things. Please remember to help those that are hungry. Every little step matters.”
Vinton Feeds the World coordinates assembly-line packaging of ready-to-make nutritious, dehydrated meals. The meals for Houston will be distributed by Outreach, Inc.
Many of the AmeriCorp volunteers are awaiting their instructions of where they will be assigned in the hurricane relief effort. Several teams already are in Texas and Louisiana. (See related story on this page.)