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Sedgwick Residents Package Meals For Worldwide Consumption

Posted 11/22/2017

By Pilar MartinVOLUNTEERS helped package meals for the hungry at Sedgwick on Sunday.VOLUNTEERS helped package meals for the hungry at Sedgwick on Sunday.

SEDGWICK – Around 80 people gave at least an hour of their time on Sunday, to help package meals for the less fortunate of the world. 

This the fourth year for the event in Sedgwick. The past three years the event was held at the Sedgwick American Legion Post 268, who serves as the project’s founding donor. This year, the event was held at The Meeting House.

Organizers Courtnee and Jason Rotramel manage the volunteers who help. Each person is given a spot in the assembly line process. Ingredients are brought in from Monte Stewart, who heads up Stamp Out Starvation from is base in Cherokee, Oklahoma.

Each package contains rice and soy, six dehydrated vegetables, and chicken flavoring. Each ingredient must be measured and weighed. Large funnels are set up at the tables to help get the dry ingredients into cellophane bags. The bags move from one table to the next, as everything is added. Each bag is heat sealed as the final step. The individually packaged meals are then placed in cartons.

Stewart said his group sends the packaged meals to 14 different countries. “We send it where it is needed most,” Stewart said. Stewart recently sent 300,000 meals to the Houston to help hurricane survivors.

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