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Area Church Members Feed 10,000 People In About 2 hours : 6.18.09

[ 0 ] June 18, 2009 |
©2009 NCL Magazine : Photos By Tommy Stafford : Around 50 people from 13 different area churches bag up food at Grace Episcopal Church in Massies Mill Wednesday afternoon.

©2009 NCL Magazine : Photos By Tommy Stafford : Around 50 people from 13 different area churches bag up food at Grace Episcopal Church in Massies Mill Wednesday afternoon.

Massies Mill
Nelson County, Virginia

For the second time in less than a year, area churches have banded together to do the unthinkable. They have packed thousands of meals for needy folks, this time in about two hours. The group met Wednesday afternoon at Grace Episcopal Church in Massies Mill where the assembly line cranked out meals for 10,000 people in about 2 hours. We first told you about the effort back in the Fall of 2008 when area churches had their inaugural event.

Volunteers carry large bags of grain into Grace Episcopal Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteers carry large bags of grain into Grace Episcopal Wednesday afternoon.

Sarah Loken who helped coordinate Wednesday’s event says, “This year we have lots more people.” The event is part of Operation Sharehouse that provides meals for needy people around the world. It’s part of the umbrella organization Stop Hunger Now based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Area church volunteers seal bags of rice and other grains at Grace on Wednesday afternoon.

Area church volunteers seal bags of rice and other grains at Grace on Wednesday afternoon.

The idea originated when Grace Episcopal’s Rector, Judy Parrish, attended a North Carolina conference in early 2008 where they packaged around 11,000 meals in just over two hours. “What I like about this effort, is there are no age boundaries. There’s something here that everyone can do from the very young to the very old, and we are all helping people that have very little to eat,” Judy told NCL Wednesday afternoon as the first 1000 meals had just been packaged.

A youngster serves as a runner taking packaged meals to the next table for sealing before being boxed up for shipment around the world.

A youngster serves as a runner taking packaged meals to the next table for sealing before being boxed up for shipment around the world.

Every time 1000 meals were packaged a giant gong was sounded to mark the passage of the next thousand!

Every time 1000 meals were packaged a giant gong was sounded to mark the passage of the next thousand!

Church volunteers tape up boxes used for shipping in Operation Sharehouse.

Church volunteers tape up boxes used for shipping in Operation Sharehouse.

Betty Brown of Nelson County carefully measures grain going into one of the bags before it's sealed.

Betty Brown of Nelson County carefully measures grain going into one of the bags before it's sealed.

You can learn much more about Operation Sharehouse and Stop Hunger Now by clicking on their website here.

Congrats to everyone from all of the 13 area churches for a tremendously successful effort!

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