Kids helping kids, group aims to take bite out of hunger problem
PADUCAH - More than a hundred kids turned out to help pack food for children in need.
Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit group that promotes healthy living. The group travels the world handing out rice-soy casseroles that can feed a family of six.
Now, Kids Against Hunger is starting a Paducah chapter.
"We've traveled back and forth to Haiti, eastern Kentucky and different ones on mission trips. We've seen the hunger and starvation and we've also seen the difference that Kids Against Hunger meals have made," said Russ Kegel.
Kegel is Paducah's Executive Director. He got the idea for a local chapter after seeing young children here looking for a hot meal to eat.
"It was an easy option for us to know that Kids Against Hunger would be a good fit," he said.
Kegel hopes to make enough bags to feed 40,000 children. Each bag costs a quarter and for that price, Kegel knew it was too good to pass up.
"Some of these will go to Haiti. Some in eastern Kentucky and some in our own backyard," Kegel said.
The completed boxes will be sent by the US government to overseas locations with the local chapter footing the bill to send within the US. About 100 volunteers spent Saturday working to save the lives of kids they likely will never meet.
"We are so excited that all of them are here to package that many meals to save the lives and make a difference for so many people," he said.