Monday, September 29, 2008

Public Service Announcement: Haiti

Over the weekend, caring volunteers in southwestern Ohio did a special "Pack-a-Thon," getting over 20 tons of food on its way to Haiti to help people there deal with basic survival needs after the hurricanes. Working with "Kids Against Hunger," about 1000 compassionate people from around the Greater Cincinnati area spent two hours each sealing pouches with rice, dried vegetables, soy flour, and flavored protein powder. In just two days of work, they were able to prepare about 348,000 meals and get them loaded onto trucks, ready for a flight to Haiti's neediest children and adults.

Donations to help cover the cost of the food on this Haiti trip are still being accepted.

Kids Against Hunger in Cincinnati will continue to package food on most Saturdays. In addition to sending food to other countries, the Cincinnati chapter of KAH works with local food pantries and churches (for example, with Pastor Mike Tabor at the Happy Church in the Appalachian region of southern Kentucky and Pastor Kareem Smith at the River of Life Church in downtown Cincinnati) to help feed those in need who live nearby.

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