Hampton packs 40,000 meals to feed the hungry

Volunteers spent their Saturday morning at the Church of the Living Word packing meals to feed the hungry for Meals From The Heartland. TRAVIS FISCHER/HAMPTON CHRONICLE

Volunteers came together at the Church of the Living Word on Saturday, October 28 to pack thousands of meals for the Meals From The Heartland program.

Based out of Des Moines, Meals From The Heartland packages and distributes food for people in need, both domestic and abroad. Providing food for the homeless and poor in the United States to people in developing nations and victims of natural disaster, the volunteer based organization uses their humanitarian efforts to evangelize Christianity to people across the globe.

While many meals are packed at the central location, satellite packing events are held across the state, making it easier for volunteers to contribute their time. More than 200 volunteers from the community dedicated a portion of their Saturday morning to work in the assembly line, packing dry meals into boxes by the thousands over the course of three one-hour shifts.

"The response from the community has been fantastic," said Chris Sauke, youth director at the Church of the Living Word. "It's just great to see the community support.

Read the full story in the November 1 edition.