Rapid City students pack 100K meals for hungry children - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City students pack 100K meals for hungry children

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Students from Rapid City's Catholic schools participated in the 7th Annual Packing Hope fundraising campaign on Wednesday.

Pre–school through middle school students packed boxes with healthy meals for hungry children around the world.

The campaign raises about $15,000 each year in donations and packs about 100,000 meals.

Students who coordinate the event do everything from raising the money used to buy the food and unloading the truck to overseeing the entire packing process.

P. J. Freidel, a student coordinator for the event, said it's a great way to give back.

"Just the fact that we can help others. We get to go home every night to a warm meal and it's just crazy knowing that people from all over the world are starving. And it's just nice to help them out," Freidel said.

Many of the students offered to speak to the local parishes last weekend and collect donations in order to fund Packing Hope.

Nearly all of the students have made their own financial contributions to the project.

They hold competitions to see who can raise the most money.

The campaign partners with Feed Just One, a non-profit organization in Iowa.

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