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Published April 02, 2011, 06:15 PM

Over 1,000 Volunteers at 'Sandbag Central'; Not For Flood Fight, But to Feed Starving Children

It's an effort in Grand Forks to help feed hundreds of children, using "Sandbag Central" to fill bags of food instead of sand.

It's an effort in Grand Forks to help feed hundreds of children, using "Sandbag Central" to fill bags of food instead of sand.

The Public Works building is usually a place where sandbag efforts begin this time of year, but this weekend over 1,000 volunteers like 23-year-old Maren Shallman are packing up piles of food, instead of piles of sand.

It's a part of the Minnesota-based charity "Feed My Starving Children."

Volunteers are working hard to fill a semi-load full of packaged food.

"We heard we could actually come and help volunteer to do the food, so wanted to do that," Shallman said.

The goal is to fill over 270,000 bags of chicken powder, vegetables, soy and rice -- enough to feed more than 700 children for a year.

Event organizers have been raising money over the past six months.

Local businesses, churches and groups donated funds and it only took two weeks to get all the volunteers they needed.

"It's really neat to see the good people of our community coming together to do this really awesome thing. Reach outside of ourselves to feed starving children in our world," event organizer Jodie Storhaug said.

With every scoop, pour and package, volunteers like Shallman are happy to know how many people they are helping.

"It's a good feeling helping in a different way than just donating money," Shallman said.

"People are willing to come out and do things for others, that's one of the most important things we can do with our lives," Schumacher said.

To find out more about "Feed My Starving Children" you can log onto www.fmsc.org

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