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WCA students pack meals for hungry children overseas

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Students from a Wilmington high school joined together today to help children in need thousands of miles away.

It was a sea full of hairnets and high hopes at Wilmington Christian Academy, as students worked hard to feed the hungry.

"Today we're out here packing food for Feed the Hunger, and we raised just over $6,000 this year," student Mackenzie Morgan said.

The $6,208 raised will provide nearly 22,000 meals to children in Bangledesh, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya and Sri Lanka. But student's didn't just raise money. They spent the day individually packing each meal.

"The students all contributed money; $42 to feed children," teacher Wendy Rohm said. "Today all the trucks came in, and all the food comes in, and they are taking the food from the bins and putting it in the bags, putting labels on the bags and boxing it up. And you hear them cheering every time they finish a box. They set up a big cheer."

Each bag costs only 27 cents to produce, ship and distribute. They contain six servings of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin mixture.

"It's very helpful, because the kids overseas that are eating this food, they're going hungry, and this is their only guaranteed meal in a day," Feed the Hunger's Scott Hahn said. "And so it's very important, and it's very nutritious what they're eating."

Rohm says her students love to get involved, and working with Feed the Hunger makes a positive impact on their lives.

"We're trying to help them be good citizens, global citizens, and help people in need wherever we can," Rohm said.

Hahn says this is a great hands-on way for students to help feed hungry kids overseas. The students agree. They say the experience is worth every bit of money they raised.

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