(EL DORADO, Kan.)
The United Nations estimates 25,000 people die from starvation every day. That's the equivalent of 71 full 747 airplanes crashing daily.
While it may sound like a daunting number, but a Kansas organization is taking on the challenge to shrink that number, one scoop at a time.
The group started packing boxes on Tuesday. It will continue through 8 pm Wednesday. It hopes to have enough meals packed to fill a 40 x 6 foot shipping container by the end of 2009.
Keeping with the beat of the Caribbean music pounding through the speakers, volunteers scoop, fill, and seal bags of food.
"We're packing up food to send to Haiti," explained volunteer Christy Pray.
The food will go to children these 200 volunteers have never met, and probably never will meet.
"I'm here because I thought it would be a good time to spend some time with my friends," said Rachel Sheldon, a teenager taping up a box full of food bags. "Plus we're helping a lot of hungry people," she added.