Some children in Third World countries who often go without food will receive a healthy meal thanks to the efforts of volunteers at Green Acres Baptist Church.

In all, about 1,000 volunteers working in three, two-hour shifts on Friday and Saturday will assemble meals that will be distributed by the global Christian charity Feed My Starving Children.

During the first session on Friday afternoon, volunteers, including in some cases entire families, were working in the church’s large CrossWalk Conference Center.

This is the third year that Green Acres Baptist Church has served as a site for volunteers to pack the meals.

“Each year it gets bigger,” said Glenn Jones, minister to the Senior Adults, Pastoral Care & Prayer Ministry at Green Acres. “Now we have volunteers who look forward to it and can’t wait for it to come.”

Jones said the goal was to pack 203,000 meals for the Minnesota-based ministry that feeds often malnourished children in 60 countries.

Each meal includes rice, freeze-dried vegetables, soy and a vitamin powder supplement that is packed and vacuum sealed. Because volunteers do much of the labor and donations help pay for shipping, it costs only about 22 cents for each meal, Jones said.

“Volunteering is a low-investment of time with a very high impact for what it does for children,” he said.

Green Acres is looking at ways to make the effort even larger next year. Jones said the effort of feeding hungry children is a “mission of hope.”

“You are using food to spread the love of Jesus,” he said.

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