It's an event volunteers have been working toward all year. More than a thousand community members will don hairnets and gloves and pitch in to feed starving children. Tamara Lindstrom tells us how.
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. -- After months of raising funds and rallying volunteers, two truckloads of food arrive at Cayuga Heights' First Congressional Church.
"It's a very exciting and wonderful day," said volunteer coordinator Marcie Bishop.
Over three days, 1,600 community members will spend time at the Ithaca MobilePack measuring out and wrapping up food headed for hungry children.
"I like the fact that this program is such a good effort to bring food to the world. The overhead is so little and so much of the effort is done by people who care," said volunteer Alaric Young.
The program is run nationally by Feed My Starving Children, a charity that works with non-governmental organizations that are already established in about 70 countries around the world.
"What we're doing is helping by providing the food and allowing those non-governmental organizations to work on the sustainable activities of heath care, education, medical care, economic development," Bishop said.
The meals are made up of a combination of rice, soy, dried vegetables and vitamins and minerals. It may not sound appetizing, but experts say it's what starving bodies need.
"We're talking about children who are very near starvation," Bishop said. "So the food is specially developed. Those four products together, which is just the kind of nutritious food that helps children whose bodies are really compromised."
Though the effort is organized by a Christian group, Bishop says when it comes to helping children, personal beliefs don't play a factor.
"Many people who might not agree about a lot of things, people of different religions or secular groups, people of the whole political spectrum. We all care about the fact that there are 6,200 children dying every day of starvation."
Working together, they will prepare more than 300,000 meals for hungry children.
Volunteers are welcome to help this weekend and throughout the year. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ithacamobilepack.