Winterville church packages 10,000 meals for Texas, Florida hurricane victims

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WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A church in the east took an active response to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey relief when they held a Rise Against Hunger event.

Winterville Baptist Church, along with about five other churches, volunteers from the hospital community, and the Pitt County community packaged up 10,152 meals in a little over an hour Wednesday night to send to Texas and Florida.

"This is hands on," says Chris Singleton, the manager of Rise Against Hunger. "People feel like they're doing something that they know is going to touch lives and make a difference to people."

Over a hundred people lined the auxiliary room at the church to prepare and package meals to send.

The process was pretty simple. They took a funnel, they attach it to a bag and they pour inside of it some rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and a super potent vitamin mix.

They then took those bags over to a boxing station and then load them onto a truck where they are sent off.

The North Carolina-based company says usually the meals are sent to assist those struggling in poverty-stricken parts of the world, but as Hurricanes Irma and Harvey battered southern parts of the United States, reserves in those areas quickly depleted.

This is the fourth time the Winterville Baptist Church has hosted a Rise Against Hunter event, but not normally with so many people.

"It's just a wonderful, spiritual experience to see people work together across churches, denominations, other religions, color, creed, ethnicity," says Pastor Grant Carter.

Singleton added, "It's an awesome group, and in a short time to plan it."

Rise Against Hunger says they're always looking to host more events like these.

The group is based out of Kinston and says if any area churches, schools, or any other group would like to get involved and host one of these events, the best way to do that is by visiting their website. The link can be found on the right side of this page.

The organization says that each of their meals costs just 29 cents to make and their main mission is to end hunger in our lifetime, by committing aid to the world's most vulnerable.