The Ridge hosting meal-packing event

You can literally help feed the hungry a world away by packing specialty dehydrated, powdered meals.

The Ridge church, 2800 Bonnell Road in Columbus, is recruiting volunteers to work two-hour shifts April 6 and 7 to pack a goal of 132,000 meals for children in poor countries worldwide. Several area churches that have participated in past meal-packing events coordinated by the Minnesota-based Feed My Starving Children Christian ministry.

Volunteer slots are open to those age 5 and older, according to organizers. Workers are most needed from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 6 or from 8 to 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7, organizers said. People can sign up at the church website by visiting

Once the vitamin-enhanced meals are packed, the ministry then ships them to schools and orphanages in various nations where most children have only one full meal per day, the ministry has said. The meals, which can be easily prepared with boiling water, cost 22 cents each.

For people not able to donate their time, monetary donations can be made at The church aims to raise $29,000 for meals.

Information: 812-376-8455.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.