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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Numana to hold meal packing event

  • Numana will be holding its fourth annual meal packing event on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Dodge City Civic Center at 2110 1st Ave. Volunteers will pack food for the malnourished in Haiti as well as those in Ford County. The two hour packing shifts begin at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.The event represe...
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  • Numana will be holding its fourth annual meal packing event on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Dodge City Civic Center at 2110 1st Ave. Volunteers will pack food for the malnourished in Haiti as well as those in Ford County. The two hour packing shifts begin at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The event represents a culmination of fundraisers for Numana that have taken place over the course of the past two months, including a breakfast at Applebee's, soup day and an auction. According to volunteer Norma Henton, the meal packing event is expected to draw between 1,000 and 1,200 volunteers. Numana's goal is to pack 220,000 meals at the event, with 30,000 going to Ford County residents. The meals will consist of rice, freeze-dried pinto beans, soy and vitamins. Meals given to Ford County residents will be donated through the Salvation Army, United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries, Manna House and Friendship Feast. “This is one event where you can help with the problem of world hunger,” Henton said. “It's right here in your town and it's a fun event. You feel very blessed when you've finished working there and you know you've done something to help people who are hungry and starving.” Formed in 2008 and based in El Dorado, Kan., Numana is a non-profit public charity focused on international hunger relief. Since its inception volunteers have packaged over 27 million meals for the benefit of children and families in the U.S., El Salvador, Vietnam, Haiti, Honduras, South Africa, Columbia, Liberia and Rwanda. Most Haitians live in poverty and are still feeling the effect of the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Sandy. 65 percent of the population suffers from malnutrition. So far Numana has raised $47,400 for the meal packing event and Henton is confident that the organization will reach its target goal of $55,000 by Saturday. In total Dodge City residents have packaged over 710,000 meals for Numana and the meal packing event has consistently drawn more than 1,000 people each year. “It is an awesome sight when they just keep coming in,” Henton said. To volunteer for Numana's meal packing event, contact Norma Henton at 620 - 225 - 2532 or visit www.numanainc.com.
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