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Published March 23, 2012, 10:19 PM

Hundreds of Volunteers Package Thousands of Meals for Starving Kids

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Hundreds of volunteers met at Sandbag Central on Friday to fill bags with food, not sand. It kicked off "Feed My Starving Children" weekend in Grand Forks.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Hundreds of volunteers met at Sandbag Central on Friday to fill bags with food, not sand.

It kicked off "Feed My Starving Children" weekend in Grand Forks.

Nearly 350 volunteers showed up, including some very special guests.

There was a lot of testosterone in the air as UND athletes turned their passion for football into passion for feeding the hungry.

"18,000 kids die per day of hunger. We want to make sure that we're doing our part not only in the community, but worldwide. It's a great experience for our athletes," UND head football coach Chris Mussman said.

"They have motivation from their coach but once they get here, they see how fun it is and how they can really make a difference," event chair Jodie Storhaug said.

"It means a lot to all of us to help out kids all over the world that don't have the opportunity to eat a basic meal everyday. We get to eat on a regular basis and take it for granted," UND football player Seth Nichols said.

You don't have to be the size of a football player to make a difference. Players were joined by volunteers from Sacred Heart and Riverside Christian schools.

"Volunteering is just the best thing to do and doing this, helping feed children, is just great," Sacred Heart student Megan Perry said.

These volunteers are helping to package more than 300,000 meals over the weekend.

"It warms my heart to see the community doing such an awesome thing together," Storhaug said.

The event continues through Sunday.

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