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Alcester-Hudson Students Give Back

March 24, 2014, 5:11 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Alcester-Hudson Students Give Back
ALCESTER, SD -

Students at the Alcester-Hudson High School got a healthy serving of community service experience Monday.

The students teamed up with Kids Against Hunger to pack thousands of meals for children in need.

The gymnasium at Alcester-Hudson High School is full of activity, as students don aprons and hair nets to help other children around the world.

It's called a "mobile pack". FFA students came up with the idea to host one, and through community donations, they exceeded their goal.

"Our goal is to pack, by the end of the day, between 30,000 and 40,000 meals throughout the day. And we raised $4,500 to do this," Alcester-Hudson FFA Advisor Kelly Dunkelberger said. 

The students are working with the Yankton Kids Against Hunger and Orphan Grain Train from Norfolk, Nebraska.

Through this experience, the kids are starting to see the impact this day will have on kids who are less fortunate than them.

"We take it really for granted that we get to eat three good meals a day and they might get one every other day. It's just bad. And at least this will help them get some food in their bellies," Alcester-Hudson Sophomore Marshall Christensen said. 

"They'll see that not everyone is as lucky as we are. And that sometimes it's great to give back. And you really just get that feeling that you've done something that is going to help someone," Alcester-Hudson Senior Haley Boyer said. 

Even though this is the first time the Yankton Kids Against Hunger has done a mobile pack, this won't be the last.

"We've already got calls from a couple of other schools that have heard about this pack. So we're excited about the possibility of partnering with schools to make a difference in the lives of children," Yankton Kids Against Hunger Director Steve Mach said. 

Monday's packaged food will be going overseas to help starving children around the world. The FFA is also working on projects to help the needy in their own community.

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