By Ivan Raconteur
The goal of Kids Against Hunger is to provide meals for those in need, but volunteers get something out of it as well.
“We try to make it an enjoyable event. People can work a shift and go home feeling good about themselves,” organizer Myron Oftedahl of Lester Prairie said of the event that will take place Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Lester Prairie City Hall.
Volunteers are needed to help pack meals that will be distributed to those in need.
The event will start at 2:30 p.m., and volunteers can sign up for any of the three 90-minute shifts, or just show up on the day of the event.
Sign-up sheets are available at all of the Lester Prairie churches for those who wish to sign up in advance.
Oftedahl said this is the city’s fourth Kids Against Hunger event, and the goal is to pack a total of 75,000 meals.
“We are looking for about 100 people per shift,” Oftedahl said.
In addition to volunteers, organizers are accepting donations to cover the cost of ingredients.
“Nobody is pulling any salary out of this. one hundred percent of the donations goes to ingredients, and at a cost of 10 cents per meal, $20 goes a long way,” Oftedahl commented.
Donations of any size can be dropped off at the event or mailed to Kids Against Hunger, PO Box 85, Lester Prairie, MN 55354.
The event in Lester Prairie is affiliated with Feeding Children International of Stewart, Minn. which has packaged 15,000,000 meals since it was founded in 2003.
Oftedahl said the group packages rice-based meals that were developed by nutritionists to be complete, well-balanced meals that are portable and easy to prepare.
“Recipients just need to add water and cook it,” Oftedahl said.
He added that the meals are shipped to wherever they are needed the most.
Some go to food shelves or areas that have been hit by disaster, and the rest are loaded into shipping containers by the group in Stewart and sent wherever they are needed to feed hungry children around the world.
Volunteers of all ages, “from the young to the young-at-heart” are welcome to participate.
For more information about Kids Against Hunger, see the group’s web site at www.feedingchildrenstewart.org.