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St. Matthew Lutheran Church says "no" to hunger
St. Matthew Lutheran Church says "no" to hunger

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- On Saturday, Feb. 8, the new gymnasium and multipurpose room at St. Matthew Lutheran Church was filled with the laughter of children for the first time during a Kids Against Hunger food packing event.

In all, 120 volunteers from the congregation and community packaged 11,376 meals for hungry children and their families.  Of the meals packaged, 3,456 went to the John Knox food pantry on Kalamazoo Avenue in Grand Rapids.  The remaining meals will go to third world countries in dire need and those devastated by a natural disaster.

St. Matthew and Thrivent Financial Services provided the funding for the event.   Kids Against Hunger – Grand Rapids delivered all the equipment, food, packing materials and tables.  Chuck Bailey, director for KAH-Grand Rapids trained the volunteers and managed the event.  They started setting up at 7:30 a.m. and by 11:30 a.m., were finished and loaded up.

“According to the United Nations, more than 14,000 children under the age of 6 die every day from hunger.  St. Matthew has made a serious dent in that statistic today,” said Bailey.  “Thrivent Financial Services has always been a strong participant with us in the fight against hunger.  They have done it again today.”   

More information about Kids Against Hunger can be found at www.kahMichigan.org.