Two-thousand volunteers are expected to take part in a major, life saving effort in Grand Forks this weekend.
The Greater Grand Forks "Feed My Starving Children" organization is packaging 400-thousand meals for needy children around the world.
On Friday, 120 Valley Middle School 7th graders manned a packing shift. They're filling bags with a mixture of rice, vegetables, soy and other nutrients.
The individual bags are packed in boxes and shipped to starving children in 70 counties around the planet. They just need to add to boiling water for a life saving meal.
Jodi Storhaug, Feed My Starving Children: "They'll pack between 30 to 35-thousand meals in this one session. So, it kind of puts an impression on them that it doesn't take a lot of time or special skills to be able to help people in our world."
Molly McEnroe, Student: "It's fun and a good experience to help out other kids in different countries, because whenever we say we're starving, there's another kid in a different country saying, their dying of starvation."
Organizers say that worldwide, 62-hundred children a day die from starvation and related illnesses. This weekend alone, they'll package enough food to feed nearly 12-hundred kids for a year.
One of the teachers here says many of these students won't realize the true effect of what they're doing, until later.
Craig Schmit, Teacher: "Last year we found out that it really does make an impact with the kids and they do think about things differently."
The Greater Grand Forks Feed My Starving Children organization is still six-thousand dollars short on their 88-thousand dollar goal to fund this project.
They're also looking for donations of non-perishable items to stock local food shelves. Donations can be dropped off here at the Grand Forks Public Works building on 42nd Street.
They could also use a few more volunteers for morning, afternoon and evening packing shifts this weekend.
If you'd like to donate money or volunteer for a packing shift Saturday or Sunday,
You can also help at Jamestown's Food Packing Event On Saturday, 4/5.
There are two shifts: