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Volunteers Challenged to Pack 22,000 Meals in 2 Hours!

See how the whole community came together to make a difference for hungry people a half a world away.

How fast could you pack up 22,000 meals for needy families? A group of volunteers in southeastern Ohio challenged themselves to do it in two hours -- and they made it!

The effort was part of the 2019 Gallia County Area Hunger Challenge in Gallipolis (pronounced GAL-ah-po-LEES if you're not from there!), organized by PALS Gallia County . PALS supports people with disabilities and gives them what they call "unimaginable opportunities," including joining in a service project that will feed families a world away!

Loading in the bags of ingredients.

The volunteers and their community partners got together, assembly line fashion to speed-create the meals, which are a nutrious blend of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamins. Each ingredient had to be measured before it was added to individually sealed plastic bags which then went into boxes for shipment.

"Together, we were able to package 22,000 meals in just under two hours," Gallia PALS Executive Director David Price told the Gallipolis Daily Tribune . "These meals are assigned to be sent to South Sudan to feed malnourished or starving children around the world." Organizers worked with Heaven Sent Ministries, based in Princeton, WV to complete the project and get the boxes shipped.

"Thanks for joining this cause and coming together to save lives."

Project leaders say it was a great way to get the whole Gallipolis community together -- churches, businesses, organizations -- to do something that will make a difference for someone else. "The Hunger Challenge is a project that people in Gallia County can partner together on to provide food to people around the world who don't otherwise have access to it," said Pastor Thom Mollohan, whose Pathway Community Church participated.

Is your organization or community coming together to #StartSomethingGood like the folks in Gallipolis did? We'd like to share it with everyone else; e-mail us at the Sparkt web page.

(Images: PALS Gallia County Facebook page )

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