Liberty fifth graders fed 20,000 people today. Well, not actually fed but through a program called Stop Hunger Now, they worked with 50 volunteers from The Bridge church to package meals to feed 20,000 people.
The project came about when The Bridge approached Liberty about how they could help the students of that school. “We asked if there was a way we could help them do something they wanted to do,” said Marty Schmidt, pastor.
“We wanted to think of a way to get fifth graders doing a service learning project,” said Derek Philips, assistant principal. A water project done last year still has students talking about it. He was looking for something with that type of impact.
The Bridge funded the $7,000 project and provided the volunteers needed to help students package the meals. “Financially, we don’t want to burden our families,” said Principal Dawn Sievertsen. “The Bridge can help us help our kids to do something good for someone else.”
With everyone in hair nets, instructions were given, and then students were divided into teams to package the meals. Meals contained rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and vitamins. One bag can feed six people. Some students filled bags, other weighed them, sealed them, or helped to box them up, 36 bags per box. All work was accomplished in assembly-line fashion.
Three girls from Wilson also joined the effort. They are part of a leadership class and were learning what it was like to be a leader.
A gong was sounded for every 1,000 meals completed. By the end of the first hour, 6,000 meals were completed. “We’ll make our goal,” said Sievertsen.
“I envision this being something our students are still talking about the rest of the year,” said Philips.
“There is satisfaction to do good,” Sievertsen said.