Volunteers package thousands of meals for Haiti

More then 750 volunteers participated in Stop Hunger Now event

Author: Jennifer Waugh, The Morning Show anchor, investigative reporter, jwaugh@wjxt.com
Elizabeth Campbell, General assignment reporter, ecampbell@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 14 2013 03:05:08 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 14 2013 03:10:00 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -

More than 700 volunteers packaged meals Saturday morning to send to the people in Haiti who are still hungry years after the country was ravaged by an earthquake.

Close to 750 people gathered Saturday morning at Beach United Methodist Church to pack more than 150,000 meals, making it the largest event of its kind in the state of Florida.

In just six hours, an overwhelming number of people showed up to the Jacksonville Beach church to help stop hunger.

The event was sponsored by Stop Hunger Now, or SHN, an organization working toward the elimination of world hunger.

SHN has been a regular responder to tragic events like hurricanes, typhoons and earthquakes for 15 years and has responded continuously to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.  

Mayor Alvin Brown, the Jacksonville Beach Police Chief and other city officials joined volunteers to do their part to help people who are still hungry in Haiti, more than three years after the earthquake.

The trucks were loading up the meals Saturday after the event and the food is expected to leave the country and be delivered to Haiti as soon as possible.