By Linda Scherer
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN In an effort to help reduce the number of hungry children in the world, the community of Lester Prairie will host Kids Against Hunger.
This is the fourth year Lester Prairie has sponsored this mission to feed the hungry, already sending a total of 256,000 food packets to starving children and their families in more than 40 countries.
It has also raised a total of $19,000 in donations to pay for the ingredients needed for the nutritionally-balanced meals.
The 2009 Lester Prairie group promoting the food packaging satellite at Lester Prairie City Hall Wednesday, Jan. 28, is asking for help from anyone in the area who can lend a hand from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
The group is estimating that 100 volunteers are needed for each one of three shifts that are one-and-one-half hours in length 2:30 to 4 p.m., 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for more than one shift will be welcome to do so.
Kids Against Hunger needs the help of adult volunteers as well as children. Especially during the school day shift.
A meal will be provided for volunteers throughout the afternoon packaging.
Donations are needed
In addition to the many volunteers needed for packaging the food, donations are desperately needed to help pay for the food used. It is not surplus food, but is purchased from food suppliers.
The ingredients include soy flour, dried vegetables (carrots, onions, tomato, celery cabbage, and bell pepper) and rice.
The food packet has been developed by some of the world’s leading food scientists at Cargill, Pillsbury, General Mills and ADM, according to Kids Against Hunger web site.
Each food packet contains six meals and each meal costs the program about 23 cents per serving. This is more than double what the cost was for the ingredients a year ago.
Like many nonprofit organizations, Kids Against Hunger is suffering from the effects of the current economic downturn, according to its web site.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can mail it to Myron Oftedahl, 324 Babcock, Lester Prairie, MN 55354 or drop it off at the Lester Prairie city hall on Wednesday.
Checks should be made out to “Kids Against Hunger.”