Close to a million meals were packaged over Spring Break as part of a Meals from the Heartland effort.
Over 3,000 people from all over the metro packaged 895,104 meals in three days at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
Organizers say the event was worth the effort, “It was an overwhelming success,” said Dave Bradley, executive director for Meals from the Heartland. “We have ideas already about how to increase the event to package even more meals in 2014.”
The meals, consisting of rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and vitamins, were paid for through donations. They're destined for Haiti, South Africa, Tanzania, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Philippines and Ethiopia as well as to food banks in the United States.
Last year, volunteers packaged more than 7.7 million meals through Mobile Hunger Fights throughout the year and the Annual Hunger Fight at Hy-Vee Hall in September.