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Hearth and Home volunteers package thousands of meals for hurricane relief

Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Grace King Hearth and Home employees volunteered through their charity committee to package meals at Take Away Hunger. The meals will be shipped to their customers in Texas to help with hurricane relief.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Thanks to Hearth and Home Technologies LLC, thousands of meals, boxes of cereal and six pallets worth of water bottles will be sent to their customers in Texas to distribute.

Hearth and Homes charity committee organized a food packaging event at Take Away Hunger on Sept. 19. Take Away Hunger is a food relief organization based in Iowa that motivates teams of people to package food to send locally, throughout the U.S. and overseas.

“It’s a good avenue for us,” said Rachel Hunt of Hearth and Homes, adding that once the trucks arrive in Texas, their distributors there will ensure the food gets to the families that need it.

Each bag of food contains dehydrated black beans, long-grain white rice, granulated soy laced with vitamins and minerals, onion salt and Italian spice flavoring with vitamins and minerals. All in all, the meal is the equivalent in protein of a 15 ounce T-bone steak, Take Away Hunger founder Don Fields said.

The meal was developed by Iowa State University specifically for domestic use in the U.S.

Fields obtains cereal from the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids, where he picks up nonshippable items.

“We’re feeding a lot of people out here,” Fields said.

Joining the Hearth and Home employees were high school students from Mt. Pleasant and New London working toward silver cord hours, hours of service required for seniors to be recognized and wear silver cords at graduation.

“Just helps me with college, with life, in the future,” Connor Christensen, of New London High School, said. “It’s a win-win situation.”

Take Away Hunger has 17 locations across the state of Iowa. They ship around 3 million meals overseas each year, and last year, produced 200,000 meals for Iowans.

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