'Food for Kidz' feeds kids in Haiti

(WEAU) - Around nine children die every week in Haiti from malnutrition and starvation.

But 13 local churches are trying to make a difference, one life at a time. The churches are part of a Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition.

"That's pretty powerful just to see the churches in the valley working together to help people who are in need," said Mike Cohoon, Event Coordinator.

15 cents is all it costs to make one meal for a child in Haiti.

The average Haitian child lives on 250 calories a day and the average child who weighs eighty pounds burns 340 calories while they’re sleeping,” said Cohoon.

The Impact Lives truck brought in about 75 thousand pounds worth of soy, boxes, rice and much more for the kids in Haiti.

The non-profit organization, Impact Lives brought in all the supplies for the food packing. The service learning manager says they packed 10 million meals in 2010.

"Its amazing to come into communities like Chippewa Falls, they've gathered passionate people who want to make a difference," said Service Learning Manager of Impact Lives, Mikelle Mosier.

About 320 volunteers around the Chippewa valley pre-registered for the event to help purchase and pack the boxes of food.

"Baseball got canceled... so we said what a great opportunity for our family to come out and... help those people who are in need," said volunteer Donna Goodman from Our Savior’s Church.

"I just want to make a difference, and help package food, and just volunteer," said volunteer, Clara Steinmetz from Landmark Christian Church.

Ten volunteers worked at each station pouring rice, soy and other ingredients into bags and even writing messages on them.

One box which costs $32.40 can hold 216 meals.

"We are here because we think its important to be the hands and feet of Jesus , and he said if you do it to the least of these you do unto him and so its important that we reach out when people are in need,” said volunteer Lynn Dehnke from West Ridge Church.

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