Children with a Texas church recently packed 9,000 meals for those in need as part of the church's Vacation Bible School activities.
Students with First United Methodist Church Richardson worked this week to pack the meals at VBS, partnering with the group Rise Against Hunger.
FUMCR Communications Director Kristen Ceaser told The Christian Post on Monday that the children packed the meals "with a little extra help from church staff."
"We've hosted similar events in the past, which allow multi-generations to serve alongside each other while making a significant impact in the community. This time our VBS campers were the ones taking the lead," she said.
"We're passionate about putting our faith in God into action by serving others. This can look like reading at a local school, serving a meal at a nonprofit, or helping pack meals. It's our hope that others will find ways to connect and serve their communities."
Rise Against Hunger, originally known as "Stop Hunger Now," helps churches and organizations nationwide pack meals for those in need. The nonprofit also helps agriculture communities improve production and distribution.
"Through income-generating activities, we help individuals increase their earning potential and consistent access to food," the Rise Against Hunter site says. Within three years, we are aiming for hundreds of thousands of households affected by food insecurity to have the knowledge, skills, and assets necessary to ensure their food and nutrition security."
In 2021, Rise Against Hunger worked with Liquid Church to pack some 800,000 meals for families and individuals in Haiti.
Liquid Outreach Director Kristin Flynn told The Christian Post in an interview in 2021 that the event was "one of those events that folds everybody in," from "little kiddos to soccer teams to family from out of state."
"We can all do our part, we can all come together and pack these meals for a good cause. We can agree upon that right now, even though things are a little divisive," Flynn said. "What I saw … was just a lot of people coming together for one really good purpose, which was to pack these meals so that people will not go hungry."
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.