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Published March 29, 2014, 08:43 PM

50,000 meals are on their way to those in need thanks to an hour of volunteers time

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - 50,000 meals are on their way to those in need thanks to volunteers in Wahpeton today.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - 50,000 meals are on their way to those in need thanks to volunteers in Wahpeton today.

The "Day of Hope" brought together people from Richland and Wilkin counties to pack thousands of pounds of food for the hungry near and far.

These people aren't just packing food into these bags, they're filling them with hope.

About 350 people gathered at Wahpeton's Community Center - working as a giant assembly line to mass produce fifty-thousand meals.

Dean Bjorlin/Valley Christian Church: "It's amazing. They've got a great system here, as you can see they have the chain. Everyone does their little part, that's all they do, and together you make a difference."

The meals aren't just making their way overseas, while half the bags will ship to Tanzania - where more than 40 percent of the population lives in food-deficit regions - the other half will stock the local food pantry and backpack program.

Abreena Knudsen/Fairmount Student Council: "I like that some is staying locally. Because, a lot of people think there are so many hungry people in Africa but you don't realize how many people are actually hungry in your own community."

Volunteers from all walks of life showed up to help.

Jennifer Mauch/Hankinson: "I thought, what better opportunity to get my kids involved, help them understand that there are people all around the world that probably don't have any food."

At the end of the day, this operation will have sent out 7500 pounds of food. That's a lot of macaroni.

For the volunteers, it's just an hour of packing boxes.

But for 50,000, it's survival.

Knudsen: "To take an hour of your time to come and help people."

The Richland-Wilkin Ministerial Association organized the "Day of Hope" thanks generous donations and lots of fundraising - totaling 15-thousand dollars.

The food was provided by Outreach, Inc.

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