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Volunteers pack 80,000 meals headed for Haiti

Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Hundreds of volunteers showed up at a Chippewa Falls elementary school today to pack meals for undernourished children in Haiti.

Over 600 people loaded boxes of food for the third annual Food for Kidz meal packing event. The volunteers helped cover the cost of buying things like rice and vegetables, and then sealed them into bags to be shipped to Haiti. According to event coordinators, many Haitian children survive off of only 250 calories a day, so the meals are a vital source of vitamins and minerals.

"I was there a few years ago and distributed it. It was like Black Friday here where people line up at a store just waiting to get in. It's that way when you deliver these meals. There are just families that are anxious to get these meals, because they don't know where their next meal is coming from," said Mike Cohoon, Food for Kidz event coordinator.

Members of area churches, sports teams, and businesses helped pack the boxes. All together, volunteers were able to send nearly 80,000 meals to Haiti.

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