The annual packing event for the Winona Rotary’s Feed My Starving Children was held Saturday at RiverStar.
In four two-hour shifts throughout the day, volunteers from various businesses, clubs and organizations packed a nutritious meal of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins into bags that were then boxed up to be sent around the world to hungry kids. There were so many volunteers signed up that they had to turn people away.
Feed My Starving Children is a 30-year-old non-profit Christian organization. Once packed, the bags of food could take anywhere from two weeks to two months to reach the children, depending on the country's location and process of importing aid.
The organization was started by a Minnesota businessman and based out of the Twin Cities, and first came to Winona and southeastern Minnesota six years ago, when the Rotary started the packing events.
Since then, the Rotary has been smashing its goals of volunteers and meals packed, packing its 500,000th meal two years ago and with it’s goal of one million meals packed within its sights.