Volunteers pack thousands of meals for Garretson community

GARRETSON, S.D. (KSFY) - FFA members in Garretson have been organizing, gathering donations, and planning for an event to help end hunger.

Meals of Hope provides nutritious food to people around the world.

Students in Garretson gathered Monday to package food and put together over 50,000 meals for the organization.

"We are trying to solve hunger in our community, just one bag at a time," FFA treasurer Jacob Schmidt said. "If we can make a difference, that's what we are here for. We are here to restock our food pantry and help out other surrounding communities that have given us donations."

"We are packaging, right now, today we are at 50,000 meals," Schmidt said. "We are actually doing 25,000 macaroni and cheese and 25,000 oatmeal and apple."

"We are all coming together to fill bags for Meals for Hope," volunteer Shannon Carda said. "We have little kids all the way to older people that are doing this together today."

"One in five people, so average nationwide, so about 20 percent of the people don't know where their next meal is coming from, and wherever I go, whether it's in Garretson, South Dakota, or Durham, North Carolina, wherever I go the meals stay local," Leon Sporrer with Meals of Hope said.

"I think it's really important, especially for younger kids. so they can like understand and see that there are people within the community having to go to bed without eating," FFA member Madison Decker said.

This weekend the FFA will host a number of activities, including a breakfast on Saturday.