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Kiwanis seeks more volunteers for KAH event

Volunteers package meals at the Kids Against Hunger meal-packaging event in 2013. The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown is looking for more volunteers for this year’s event. The club says more than 400 volunteers are needed to help package meals, or about 200 for each shift. Submitted photo

The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown still needs more volunteers as it looks to hold its fourth Kids Against Hunger meal-packaging event Saturday at the Buffalo Mall in Jamestown.

Kiwanis will again work with the Aberdeen, S.D., branch of Kids Against Hunger to package the meals. More than 400 volunteers are needed to help package meals, or about 200 for each shift.

“Because of our generous donors, we purchased $40,000 worth of supplies,” said Janna Bergstedt, president of the Kiwanis Club of Jamestown. “Last year we purchased $30,000 worth of supplies. The extra meals means we need extra volunteers, so please join us if you can.”

So far, about 140 people have signed up for the morning shift, which lasts from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and 120 have signed up for the afternoon shift, which lasts from 1 to 3:30 p.m. At prior events, volunteers attended in groups from churches, schools, service clubs and families including but not limited to Litchville-Marion, Devils Lake, Medina and Steele youth groups, church groups from St. Paul’s United Methodist, Atonement Lutheran, Church of Latter Day Saints, Immanuel Lutheran and St. James Basilica as well as sports teams from Jamestown College.

Kids Against Hunger packages and sends meals consisting of vegetables, vitamins, rice and soy for starving children in the U.S. and abroad. Meal recipients need only to add water and boil the dried ingredients for 20 minutes. Meals are distributed internationally as well as locally.

Jamestown raised $23,000 for its first Kids Against Hunger event in April 2011, packaging 100,000 meals. It again raised $25,000 in October 2011, matching a $25,000 gift from the anonymous donor. With the help of multiple anonymous donors, Kiwanis raised $30,000 in 2013.

For more information about the Jamestown’s Kids Against Hunger event, to donate to the cause or to volunteer, contact the Buffalo Mall at 251-2237, or email or visit the Facebook page, www.Face wanis.