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Last updated: Wed. Mar. 12, 2014 - 07:37 am EDT

Lutheran schools students pack meals for children in the Philippines

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Students from Emmanuel-St. Michael Lutheran School and Lutheran South Unity School worked together Feb. 21 to pack more than 36,000 meals for hungry children in the Philippines.

The project, which was held at Lutheran South, 5401 S. Calhoun St., provides meals for Kids Against Hunger, a national organization that has a chapter in Fort Wayne, a news release said.

Kids Against Hunger works to reduce the number of hungry children in the United States and to feed starving children worldwide by relying on volunteers to pack individual meals of a nutritious, vitamin-fortified, soy-rice casserole, the news release said.

Students raised more than $6,600 for their project through donations from church congregations and individuals, chapel offerings, funds for service learning, and money raised at special events, the news release said.

During the food packing, youngsters worked at seven stations during two shifts, the news release said. Lutheran South students in kindergarten through the third grade also designed labels sharing Jesus Christ's love and attached them to the meal packages.

"It was wonderful to see the kids from the two schools working joyfully together with such gusto and enthusiasm," Krista Nagy, the Lutheran South principal, said in the news release. "Many of our students ... come to school hungry. In fact, 50 to 60 percent of them eat breakfast here, and approximately 70 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced (price) lunches, so this was an example of kids from lower-income families doing what they could to help feed poor children halfway around the world."

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