When one meal bag is packed at Feed My Starving Children events, it provides 6-12 meals, depending on the food formula. Each meal costs less than 25 cents to make.
Andi Knudsvig, a Feed My Starving Children committee member, said that there were 108,864 meals packed Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center. Their original goal was 101,000 meals, an increase from last year's 100,000.
"We fed 298 kids for a year with the amount of meals that we made," Knudsvig said.
Funds are still being raised to offset the price of packing these meals. Before the event, Knudsvig said that the total was over $17,000. They need $26,127.36.
One of the volunteers, Ruth Olson, said that she comes to the event because "I just think it's such a great project." This was her second time volunteering at the Detroit Lakes Mobile Pack, but she's volunteered with the organization multiple times before that.
Olson and many other volunteers will likely return next year, as Knudsvig "plan is hopefully to bring it in again next year," she said.
"It went really, really well. Our committee, we were just really pleased with our community," Knudsvig said. "It was a big success."