FHU students pack meals for hungry children

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HENDERSON, Tenn. — Hundreds of middle and high school students take a stand against world hunger at Freed-Hardeman University. “The idea is to inspire and empower kids who want to make the world a better place,” Brad Montague said. It looks like chaos, but it is an organized mission for campers at GO! Camp. The mission they are on, is saving kids across the world. “When I pack all these meals, I know that someone out in this world is getting food that I helped basically prepare. That’s just amazing,” Jordan Boling said. The campers packed 110,000 meals filled with chicken, vegetables, soy and vitamins. Go! Camp was designed five years ago by Brad Montague who created it to help inspire young kids. “Some people have the mistaken identity kids don’t care, and the truth is kids care a whole lot,” Montague said. “Kids just want the opportunity to be challenged and do something that matters.” Go! Camp teamed up with the Feed My Starving Children program. Go! Camp had to raise $22,000 to buy all the food. “I’m learning how they seal it and I’m working on that machine, and it is something working out these biceps here,” Jelly Winfrey said. Winfrey is from Georgia, and this is her first time attending the camp. She knows all too well what it feels like to go hungry.

“Growing up, I didn’t always have it,” Winfrey said. “I wish there was someone to do this for my family and to see this from past experience. It makes me happy. It really makes me smile.” Organizers said the packed bags have a shelf life of 18 months. This year, Go! Camp reaches a milestone of more than 500,000 meals packed in five years.

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