UPDATE: Feed My Starving Children exceeds meal goal
The Feed My Starving Children food packing event is growing larger every year.
Organizers for the third-annual event in Morris said volunteers surpassed its goal of 200,000 meals. The meal total reached 215,000 when volunteers had to stop because they ran out of packing boxes.
More than 1,100 people volunteered to pack meals, which are distributed to starving people in Haiti, said organizer Tamala Sperr.
"We've had more volunteers, more meals, more enthusiasm," Sperr said. "It's all been very good."
The massive earthquake that decimated Haiti earlier this year has left even more people in need, and it led the Feed My Starving Children organization to ask communities participating in food packing events to pack more meals during the three-day event at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria.
The 200,000 meals packed this year surpasses the total of 161,000 meals last year and the 150,000 meals packed the first year.
Each of the meal packets cost 17 cents, so FMSC needed to raise $34,000 for 200,000 meals. To donate, visit www.fmsc.org/mobilepack/donate.