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Delphos community participates in second Rise Against Hunger packaging

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Hundreds of people showed up to Delphos St. John's on Sunday to put together boxes of meal bags for the organization Rise Against Hunger. Hundreds of people showed up to Delphos St. John's on Sunday to put together boxes of meal bags for the organization Rise Against Hunger.

The Delphos community rose to the challenge to help package thousands of meals for people all over the world. Hundreds of people showed up to Delphos St. John's on Sunday (2/11/18) to put together boxes of meal bags for the organization Rise Against Hunger. Ellen Ditto and her husband Buzz brought the event to Delphos, and have been amazed by how it has been embraced by the community.

"Last year year we had hoped to have maybe about 50 or 60 people come and 153 came and we packed 17,000 meals, and now this year we got close to 300 people," says Ellen Ditto. "Our hope and dream is that people feel like they can come together to do something together, to be able to help make the world a little better place."

Dried vegetables, rice, and soy meal are some of the ingredients they packed into 30,000 meals--all foods that are high in protein and cost efficient as well. Just $29 feeds 100 people, and will go a long way to help hungry people internationally.

"There's 815 million malnourished people in the world," says Rise Against Hunger Community Engagement Manager Jennifer Anderson. "That's 1 in 9, about. And so, these meals are also partnered with sustainable initiatives in those communities to help empower the communities to become sustainable on their own and not rely on the meals forever."

Anderson says it is exciting to see this level of participation from a community like Delphos, but volunteer Betty Vorst says that is just the way it is in Delphos: people help people.

"I think we have it really good here at home," says Vorst. "We're really tight together and everyone knows everybody and some people just don't have the bond like we do. I just like to help out the community, give back, because some people don't have it as good as I have it here at home."

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