LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Volunteers packed over 97,000 meals for school lunches and 35,000 non-perishable items for local food shelves at the fifth annual iFeed food drive.
Packing teams from local businesses, hospitals, high schools and universities volunteered their time to pack school lunches for students in Nicaragua and food banks in the Coulee Region.
Meals included rice, protein, vitamins and dry vegetable powder. The event was on Saturday at Logan High School.
“Volunteer work isn’t just work,” Student volunteer Gage Rivera said. “It’s helping out, it’s having fun with friends and it’s something that everyone should do.”
Internationally, the goal is to provide students in developing countries with school lunches so that they’re motivated to stay in class.
“The students…when they get hungry and lunchtime comes they’ll go home and they won’t come back,” Lead iFeed volunteer Josh Mansee said. “But when we have a meal [for the students], they stay in school longer during the day and until they’re older. So it really helps with that education, literacy and all of those things that are so important in the developing world.”
To form a team for the next iFeed food drive go to their website to register.