COUNCIL BLUFFS - “It’s a hard world out there,” said Daniel Jensen, president of Omaha Against Hunger.
On Saturday morning, more than 100 people at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Council Bluffs came together to make life easier for families in Haiti. The parishioners, including many children and teenagers, assembled and sealed 20,000 meals in just two hours to be shipped to that country as part of the Kids Against Hunger project.
“This is an amazing undertaking by the people in this church,” said Patty Gantt, chairwoman of the church’s Social Concerns Committee.
The mission of Kids Against Hunger, a national humanitarian food-aid organization, is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in this country and to feed starving children throughout the world. Kids Against Hunger is not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group and does not discriminate on any basis when distributing its meals.
This was the first year St. Peter’s took part in this outreach project, Father Chuck Kottas said. Each month, the parishioners donate money to a fund that helps the poor and needy. From that fund, $5,000 was used to purchase the food for the Haiti children.
“This is one more example of their generosity,” Kottas said of Saturday's project.
Like an assembly line, the participants stood side by side at various tables, each doing his or her’s part in putting the meals together. Scoops of vitamin powder and dehydrated vegetables with cups of soy and rice were put into little bags that were packed tightly and sealed, then placed in boxes that were loaded onto a truck.
“It’s good to know we’re helping others,” said Jack Geier, 15.