By: Jenn Schanz
Citizens of Odell were in full work mode Monday morning.
Starting at 8 a.m. volunteers of all ages gathered at the community building to start preparing dry meals to send overseas.
"I'm putting vegetables in the bag and after she puts her chicken mix in," says volunteer Kelsey Buss.
It's all going to the Philippines; 3 months after typhoon Haiyan wrecked havoc, people there are still struggling with hunger.
Our Savior Lutheran Church got a special grant to purchase to the food. They're working with Mercy Meals and Orphan Grain Train out of Norfolk to send it overseas.
People from all over the area stopped by to lend a hand.
"It's helping people around the world, not just here," says Buss.
Pastor Greg Stuckwisch helped organize everything.
"When we realize how much we have and how much other people do not have, it's pretty humbling," he says.
The meals contain rice, chicken flavoring, soy protein, and vegetables. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, Mercy Meals is sending more than 50,000 of them over to the Philippines.
At just 15 cents a serving, Stuckwisch says he hopes initiatives like this one catch on.
"Even after these meals are packaged they'll still be people who are hungry. And not just in the Philippines but also throughout the world and so we're hoping this is an ongoing effort."
You can send donations to Mercy Meals of the Blue River Area via mail at P.O. Box 185 in Odell, NE.
(Because Mercy Meals purchases the dry food ingredients in bulk, they prefer monetary donations over non perishable food items.)