Approximately 50 volunteers from King of Glory gathered to pack and distribute food packs for Hawthorne Elementary School students Thursday afternoon.
The food pack giveaway was designed to give students some extra food during the Christmas break. According to Randy Rehling, one of the event organizers, this was an important project to do.
"These kids aren't getting their normal food bag through the school system (this week)," Rehling said. "So this is going to supplement their groceries."
Rehling said he anticipated 300 students, which is almost the entire enrollment at Hawthorne, to stop by the school to pick up a food bag. While the group filled 350 bags, any extra bags were given to other neighborhood families in need.
The food bags contained items such as canned vegetables, fruit cups, cereal, oatmeal, canned spaghetti or ravioli, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and bread. Rehling said families from King of Glory donated 230 jars of peanut butter for the project. In addition, cash donations were used to order the remaining 120 jars.
Rehling said the food bag giveaway was the result of a similar project earlier this year. In the fall, King of Glory helped pack food bags for elderly citizens in South Dakota through Feeding South Dakota. Some teachers then approached Rehling about doing this type of a project with Hawthorne Elementary, knowing the students would not receive their regular backpacks this week.