Hundreds gather to pack meals for MLK Day of Service

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Local volunteers packed over 30,000 meals for people in need on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Hundreds of volunteers met at Peace Presbyterian Church in Greenville to pack nutritious meals to be sent overseas to people facing famine and other disasters.

The effort supports the organization, Rise Against Hunger, who coordinates food distribution and hunger relief efforts all over the world.

Volunteers packed meals of fortified soy and rice, and say it's a great way to honor Dr. King's spirit.

"It's a national day of service," says Paul Gares, a church volunteer. "We can get the community involved. We can get various churches, ECU students involved, the baseball team has been here. So we get just a whole lot of people and it brings people together."

This is the ninth straight year the church has hosted a meal packaging event on MLK day.