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Leaders at Columbus’ Asbury United Methodist Church are hungry to help the less fortunate.

And they want people to know they still can use more volunteers to pack dehydrated, vitamin-enhanced meals — prepared later with boiling water — for the church’s project to assist an international Christian ministry.

Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based outreach effort, has worked with volunteers from Asbury and other groups at annual food-packing events the past two years. They prepared about 225,000 meals that were shipped to hungry youngsters in Haiti, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

Overall, the ministry serves 70 nations worldwide with 92 percent of its funds going directly to providing the meals.

Now, Asbury aims to recruit as many as 700 volunteers and $34,000 for a packing party on Sept. 5 and 6 at the church fellowship hall, 1751 27th St.

Organizers Frazier, Candy Spiker and Tanya Growe have sent notices to dozens of churches locally and have spoken to service organizations to gather as many helpers as possible for simple but highly coordinated two-hour shifts.

People can volunteer for a two-hour shift at fmsc.org/volunteer. Click on the Mobile Pack logo and then find Asbury’s listing under Indiana and click the “Get Involved” button.

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