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Students Bag Meals For Hunger Relief

Posted 5/11/2017

BURRTON High School’s old gym was the site for a food-packaging event on Wednesday, May 3. This was only one half of the gym in production.BURRTON High School’s old gym was the site for a food-packaging event on Wednesday, May 3. This was only one half of the gym in production.By Pilar Martin

BURRTON – Donned with plastic caps, aprons, and gloves, 200 students and staff from Burrton High School, plus 20 students from Halstead High School, spent the afternoon bagging meals for relief organization Numana.

Tables were set up in the old gym, and each table had a team of workers. Workers had to measure and pour into bags specific amounts of dried pinto beans, soy flour, and rice. Other workers would add a vitamin packet and then heat-seal the bags.

Competition ran fierce among the teams, and whoops and hollers would be heard when a team finished a case of food packets.

Thirty meals are packed into a bag, and then 20 bags are packed into each case.

Burrton students have participated in the food packaging at other locations, and asked if they could host an event. They had to raise $6,000 for ingredients. They had matching donations if they could raise $3,000.

Burrton reached out to Halstead High School to see if they would be interested in helping. The HHS National Honor Society members stepped up and raised $1,500. The other half came from Burrton High School.

The 20 members of HHS National Honor Society, joined the National Honor Society at Burrton High, and many other students and staff to get all of the packaging done in a two-hour period.

Music boomed over loud speakers, as students competed to get the most meals packaged. There was dancing, laughing, whoops, and a lot of smiles and chatter in the gym, all in the spirit of giving.

The goal was to make 20,000 meals, which roughly cost 30 cents each. The group surpassed the goal, packaging 23,000 individual meals.