Volunteers and agents of the Mission Possible Kids program at First United Methodist Church in Princeton gathered on the evening of Feb. 16 at the church with one mission: To pack 10,000 meals for families of third world countries.
The fellowship hall was full of excitement and busy hands of about 100 people of all ages, who worked with the organization Rise Against Hunger.
Various stations were set-up where children and families could scoop meals into packages, weight them or load them into boxes.
The group was given a two-hour time frame to package the meals. After each 1,000, one of the agents from Mission Possible Kids got to ring a gong and announce the progress. The announcement was usually met with load cheering, before the volunteers got back to work packing the meals.
Rebecca Wilson, coordinator of Mission Possible Kids, explained how she had been looking for another activity for her agents to take part in and came across the Rise Against Hunger organization. Her group, which is made up of first through fifth grade students, is all about touching the lives of others and improving the world they live in.
Mission Possible Kids got started in October 2014 and has, so far, completed 38 missions and touched more than 12,000 lives.
Tracey Edwards, program manager of Rise Against Hunger, was onsite at Thursday’s packing event. She said her organization is currently active in 34 countries. The organization’s volunteer-packaged meals support children’s attendance at school, giving incentives to adults to learn a new trade or bolster clinic patients’ health in other to bring about holistic and transformational development.
The meals that were being packaged at Thursday’s event included rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and 23 essential vitamins nutrients. Once the meals are packaged, they are stored in the company warehouse until 285,120 are collected at once. The meals are then shipped in a container overseas.