Students at Southwest Elementary School in Belton helped fight hunger Friday by boxing up more than 14,000 meals to donate to children in need, as part of the Kids Against Hunger Initiative.
Children in grades 3-5 bagged and boxed the meals to feed to hungry kids in Syria, Mexico, and right here in Central Texas. Their goal was 10,000 meals. And, they far exceeded that goal.
Organizers said one bag feeds four children. Students raised all the money for the event on their own, and the food was provided by Hope for the Hungry.
"One of the teachers texted me the other day and said 'one of my kids brought in 20 dollars out of her own money to be able to contribute to this,' That's huge," Kids Against Hunger of Central Texas Director Jeff Pedigo said. "All that does is it goes to the food and we just think it's great in that regard."
Tony Morales, the physical education teacher at Southwest Elementary School, organized the event. He said he hopes to make it an annual event.