The typhoon that hit the Philippines November 7th has left many homeless and without food.
Sarah Hast Senior at Stevens High School said "we came together to pack the meals for the Philippines for the disaster the happened." Hast and her volunteer youth group 'teen up', came to pack meals for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Hast said "its super exciting for me to know that I can help out someone over there and its equally exciting knowing we are getting teens involved."
And getting them involved is 'Teen Up' youth engagement coordinator Kristin Kiner. She said "teens get involved they realize they really enjoy doing, so they start looking at different ways to get involved and when they can make a difference they feel so much better."
And providing that avenue to get involved for Teen Up volunteers, is Kids Against Hunger. Deanna Darr the volunteer coordinator of Kids Against Hunger of Rapid City says the help is needed. She said "we are teaming up with Sioux Falls Kids Against Hunger, they are contributing 50,000 and we are contributing 50,000."
Church groups, athletic teams and volunteer groups like 'Teen Up' filled bags of rice, soy and vitamin powder. One package provides six nutritional servings of food. Darr said "just call us when a disaster occurs and we can pack meals and get them sent out right away"
One teen that might make that call again is Sarah Hast. She said "we are super excited it's just fun to meet people in the community you don't know, we are all kind of here to help out and make an impact somewhere else and know that we can help people."
Kids Against Hunger exceeded its goal of packing 50,000 meals over three days. They packed 62,856 meals.
The entire Kids Against Hunger organization across American plans on sending 4 million meals to the Philippines.