Volunteers needed for annual meal packaging party

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Last week, Broadalbin-Perth students raised more than $10,000 to purchase meals Rise Against Hunger. Now it’s time to package those meals for distribution to hungry children around the world.

In all, the Broadalbin-Perth community and Broadalbin Presbyterian Church raised more than $15,000 — enough to purchase 45,576 meals. Organizers are looking for 300 volunteers to prepare the meals for shipment during the community’s annual Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Party, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Adults and children as young as 4 years old can help package meals. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive no later than 1:15 on Sunday to ensure an on-time start to the event. All volunteers will need to cover their hair while packaging meals; hairnets will be provided to those who don’t bring their own hats.

Last year, the Broadalbin-Perth community funded and packed more than 40,000 meals that were later delivered to Malawi in southeast Africa. More than 300 volunteers succeeded in packaging those meals in just over an hour.