Herald JournalHerald Journal, Jan. 24, 2005

Area churches to scoop away hunger

By Dennis Sherman

Several Lester Prairie and Winsted churches will be banding together in an effort to make meals for tsunami victims Wednesday.

St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s, Bethel Lutheran, and Prairie Community Church of Lester Prairie – as well as Holy Trinity of Winsted and the Catholic Church of Silver Lake – will be organizing a mammoth effort to pack meals at the Lester Prairie City Hall, said Gene Feltmann.

Feltmann is helping to coordinate the efforts of Kids Against Hunger, which is a non-profit organization, and Church World Service, a non-denominational Christian group.

Volunteers will work in three shifts, 2 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. to put together food packets of rice, soy protein, vegetables and vitamins. Each packet feeds six people.

Their goal is to assemble enough packets for 100,000 meals.

The packets will be transported by our military to the victims. The cost of the meals are 10 cents per unit.

One hundred percent money collected for the victims is going to their efforts. They are not holding back money for administrative costs, Feltmann said.

Volunteers will be served a meal donated by local church members in appreciation of their service.

All volunteers are welcome. Gene only asks that larger groups, four or more people, contact him in advance to plan for their staffing needs.

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