On Sunday, Sleepy Eye students had the chance to do something special for families they will probably never meet.


On Sunday, Sleepy Eye students had the chance to do something special for families they will probably never meet. Thanks to their hard work, 64,650 meals were packed for children in need around the world.
“I’m very happy with the results,” said local organizer Rick Mages, who explained that over 200 volunteers came to the Eagles Orchid Inn to pack meals on Sunday.
Throughout the day, groups from local schools, churches and 4-H groups worked together for this cause. In an assembly-line fashion, volunteers combined ingredients to form meals made of chicken, soy, rice and vegetables.
Deb Fischer, another organizer behind this event, said she always enjoys watching different age groups have fun together while helping others. “It’s just a good community venture,” she said.
Sunday was the eighth consecutive year that Food for Kidz has visited Sleepy Eye. Each year, volunteers hope to pack between 60-65,000 meals.
Mary Baumgerten, Food for Kidz vice president, was in attendance on Sunday to help facilitate the event. She explained that the meals the volunteers packed will be sent to Somali refugees in Kenya.
While waiting for entrance into a relief camp, these refugee families sometimes have to wait several weeks to get registered. Thus, during the waiting period, these families are in need of food. That’s were Food for Kidz comes in.
Working with the Kenyan organization RRDO, meals are passed out to those in need. Food for Kidz hopes to eventually pack one million meals for these families, and they are now 64,650 meals closer to their goal.