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Volunteers needed for meal packing charity event

Published: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 12:58 a.m. CDT
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Volunteer Avery de Ruyter, 11, fills a package with a vitamin mixture, dehydrated vegetables, soy for protein and rice during a volunteer shift in November 2015 for Feed My Starving Children at The Suter Co. in Sycamore. Volunteers are need for this year's event.
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Volunteers work in November 2015 to package meals for Feed My Starving Children at The Suter Co. in Sycamore. More volunteers are needed for this year's event.

SYCAMORE – Make a Difference DeKalb County is seeking volunteers for its seventh annual MobilePack event donating packaged meals to Feed My Starving Children.

Heidi Wright, an organizer for the event, said 5,000 volunteers are needed over the four days of meal packing to reach this year’s goal of 1.2 million meals. Volunteers can register at www.makeadifferencedkc.org.

“We have increased our goal from 1 million meals because of Hurricane Matthew and the devastation it has caused in Haiti,” Wright said. “Families have lost everything and are in tremendous need.”

Wright also is vice president of sales and marketing for The Suter Co., which makes prepared food products and hosts the event each year.

The event will run Nov. 10 through 13 at The Suter Co., 1015 W. Bethany Road in Sycamore. Volunteers are asked to work two-hour shifts.

The first year of the event saw slightly more than 500,000 meals prepared, while more than 1 million meals were prepared for the past two years, according to the Make a Difference DeKalb County website. Each meal costs less than 25 cents to make.

“Despite the fact that we live in a world of plenty, 6,200 children under age 5 die of starvation daily,” Wright said.

Feed My Starving Children is a nonprofit Christian organization that has distributed packaged meals to nearly 70 countries including Haiti, North Korea and Afghanistan, according to the organization’s website.

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