Mt. Vernon Middle School and Mt. Comfort Elementary School Student Councils came together on Saturday, February 22, to host a Million Meals Movement at the middle school and packed more than 12,000 meals for those in need. The two student councils collectively raised $2,400 to bring the Million Meals packaging event to Mt. Vernon. The Million Meals Movement is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide meals for the hungry and promote the importance of volunteerism.
The meals are packed and sent back to the organization’s warehouse where they will be distributed to food pantries around the state of Indiana. The meals packed by the students will be distributed to the Muncie area, one of the most food insecure areas in the state.
Molly Adam, the Development Coordinator for Million Meals, provided each student with a hair net and gloves before teaching them the assembly line method to package the meal bags. The assembly line included a different job for each person. The bags were to be properly filled, measured, and sealed by each group. The vegetarian and gluten-free meal bag contains various scoops of rice, soy protein, six different dehydrated vegetables, and twenty-one different vitamins and minerals.
“People do not realize that Indiana is a really food-insecure state, we are higher than the national average. Indiana has one in five families that are food insecure.” Molly explained. Food insecurity is defined as being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
Mrs. Schenck, a 5th Grade Teacher and Student Council Advisor at Mt. Comfort Elementary, stated, “I want my students to see the importance of volunteerism and that doing things for others takes time out of our schedule, but it’s important because we are feeding the mouths of hungry people!”
When asked what made her want to participate in this event, Misha Patel, 8th grade student council president, mentioned, “If I have the opportunity to give back to [the less fortunate] I feel that I should be a part of it, and also because giving back to the community is amazing.”
In just two hours, the groups officially packed 12,600 meals! MVCSC will continue to promote the importance of giving back to others and hopes to continue to do so with the Million Meals Movement in years to come.