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Local church prepares thousands of meals for Haitian relief

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Hundreds of people are working in three separate shifts, wearing aprons and hair nets, each a link in the chain. They're dependent upon one another, because people in Haiti have been dependent on global efforts just like that which is taking place at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.

"They had a very bad earthquake and we need to help them," says 11-year-old Hannah Hudson, as she volunteers packing the food with her family.  They're preparing meal bags of rice, soy, vegetables and seasoning, then sending them down the assembly line to get packed, wrapped, and sealed.

"We volunteer for other things, but this is the first time for this together. We just felt like it would be a good way to spend time with family for Easter weekend," says Hannah's father, Rafe Hudson.

Christ United Methodist Church planned to prepare 142,500 ready-to-go meal packs this Easter weekend, paid for through the church and its 5,000 member congregation.

The finished boxes are loaded onto a delivery truck. "The truck will go from here to Florida. Stop Hunger Now is who we've partnered with to pack the food. Convoy of Hope will be delivering the food," says Chuck Meador, Missions Pastor.

Haitian disaster victims aren't the only people who will benefit from this effort. The volunteers will also walk away richer.

"It's a time to be with your congregation, friends, family, folks you don't know. Networking. This is such a great time for kids," says Matt Casteel, Program Coordinator for the Jackson chapter of the non-profit organization Stop Hunger Now.

The Stop Hunger Now Jackson chapter has prepared 200,000 meals since June of 2009. Nationwide, the group has prepared 26 million meals since 2005.

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