Spearfish United Methodist Church helps kids fight hunger

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A Spearfish church packed 10,000 meals for starving children around the world on Sunday.

Black Hills FOX's Katrina Lim shows us how they did it.

The Spearfish United Methodist Church and Kids Against Hunger teamed up to pack bags of nutritious food.

Food scientists designed the meals for people who are starving.

The four ingredients are soy, rice, vitamin powder, and vegetables.

Kids Against Hunger Rapid City Director Deanna Darr says the church raised the money to have this packaging event.

Kids Against Hunger Rapid City Director Deanna Darr says, "Sometimes when we live in the middle of the U.S. we think there's nothing we can do about a problem so big as starvation, but there is and this has just been a great hands-on project. Kids, people of all ages really, can pack meals with their own hands and know that someone who really needs the food is going to be getting it."

One food package provides nutritionally-complete servings for only 24 cents per serving.

Darr says she hopes these meals go to Syrian refugees.

Kids Against Hunger Rapid City Director Deanna Darr says, "It's great to have communities do this. You know for some children, this is their first entree into service and they found out that serving others is a lot of fun."

Nine-year-old Hugh Roles packed meals with Kids Against Hunger with his school before.

Nine-year-old Hugh Roles of Spearfish says, "I have only done something like this once and it feels really good to be known to help people around the world and I really enjoy it."

Pastor Scott McKirdy says their church chose to participate because they're always looking for ways to help.

They ask where's the hurt, and where's the need?

He also thinks it's neat to see kids who actually do eat the food Kids Against Hunger has sent.

Pastor Scott says when they sent a medical team over to Honduras, they took a picture with a child holding a Kids Against Hunger Box.

Spearfish United Methodist Church Pastor Scott McKirdy says, "To the children who are receiving this, if I could talk to them in person, what I would be able to say is 'You're welcome. We are so glad to help. Now as you grow, pay it forward. Now look to the next generation. Who else out there needs that help and to constantly constantly be helping each other."

Meals have been sent all around the world to countries like the Philippines, Haiti, Liberia, Nepal, and more.

If you want to know how to start your own packing event, visit kahrapidcity.org.

Reporting from Spearfish, I'm Katrina Lim, Black Hills FOX News.