Stop Hunger Now to send 285,000 meals to Nicaragua

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - More than 100 volunteers showed up to Penn Forest Worship Center in Roanoke Sunday to pack 10,152 meals. The food will go to feed kids in Nicaragua next month.

It is part of a larger effort from the Lynchburg-based organization Stop Hunger Now to send 285,000 meals to Nicaragua.

The church raised $3,000 to get enough supplies.

Stop Hunger Now was only expecting 80 to 90 volunteers, but 115 showed up. Some were church members, and others were simply community members who wanted to pitch in.

Volunteer Greg Beecher said he is looking forward to delivery day.

"I hope it's another day of hope," Beecher said. "I hope that they see that there's people somewhere else in the world that relate to them and really care what they're going through."

Each meal bag has six meals consisting of a vitamin packet, a protein, dehydrated vegetables and rice. The food will be given to orphan network to be distributed.

Stop Hunger Now held a similar event at a church in Lynchburg on Sunday as well.