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Volunteers “Pack Away Hunger” with over 160,000 meals

HAGERSTOWN, Ind. (WISH) – The annual Pack Away Hunger event was held Saturday morning at Hagerstown High School. This year, volunteers packed 160,488 nutritious meals to be distributed throughout central Indiana and globally.

Twenty-seven churches, 13 FFA chapters, various community organizations and Harvest Land Co-op employees and farmer-members showed up for the “Pack Away Hunger” event. Reid Hospital Foundation, DOT Foods, ECI Seeds, Indiana Pacers Foundation, Cornils Family Dentistry and Willie & Reds all gave corporate support to the event.

Over 700 volunteers crammed into the high school gym over five different shifts to pack healthy and sustaining meals that include protein, carbohydrates and vitamins.

The meals will travel to Gleaner’s, Midwest Food Bank and 11 other local community food pantries. Some of the packed meals will travel to Mission Guatemala’s feeding programs.

“When you can change the life of a child or a family by feeding them, you ultimately change the life of the community and it becomes a snowball effect of how you improve the lives of everyone involved,” remarked Tom Heaton, Executive Director and Founder of Mission Guatemala.