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Chippewa Falls volunteers prepare meals for children in Haiti

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - An effort by a group of volunteers in Chippewa Falls is going a long way. Hundreds of people spent time to help children thousands of miles away.

Businesses, schools, churches and a number of other organizations came together at Parkview Elementary School in Chippewa Falls Saturday, for the fourth annual Food for Kidz event, and they all had one mission in mind.

"Giving, it helps other people, and this is a good project," Ruth Olson, a volunteer from St. Joseph's Hospital said.

Volunteers from the Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition, St. Joseph's hospital and area schools, donated their time and money to help turn raw ingredients into nutritious meals.

"First of all there is soy byproduct that is used as filler and to give it some protein, and there is rice for carbohydrates, there is dried vegetables, and there is a chicken flavoring that is put in, and mixed into that chicken flavoring is there is a number of minerals and vitamins. Each bag has six meals in it, and each meal is 250 calories. Each meal costs 17 cents to produce. A box of 36 bags is 36 dollars and that's 216 meals," said Mike Cohoon, minister at Landmark Christina Church, said.

The rice packages are headed to a clinic in Haiti. The clinic uses them as part of a school lunch plan.

"This clinic used to have nine children a week die of starvation, and they no longer have any children that are dying of starvation that are coming to this clinic, so this food is a really important thing for them to have," Cohoon said.

And the event isn't just helping children globally -- but locally too.

"It's teaching the kids a lot, to be working in the community and not always just take, take, take, their giving, which I think is great," Olson said.  

Volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 3456 agreed.

"It makes me feel good that I am giving back to my community and I am having fun doing it" Becca Adams said.

"It feels good because you know you are making a difference in the world," Hannah Sarazen said.  

Today the Food for Kidz event packaged 472 boxes to send to Haiti, which is over 100,000 meals.

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