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Lutheran churches in Yakima feed children around the world

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YAKIMA, Wash. – More than 150 volunteers from multiple Lutheran churches came together Saturday to help feed children around the world for the fourth year in a row.

"It is awesome that the community supports this sort of thing," said Dale Carpenter, the co-coordinator of the event.

The event is a franchise of the Children of the Nations program based in Silverdale. Packets of chicken-spiced lentils, rice, and other nutrients are assembled into sizes that can create six meals. They cost less than $.25 each and only need boiling water to be complete once they reach their final destination.

Countries receiving these packets include Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. The mission of the organization is to provide nutritious meals for children so they can perform well in school. They hope to create an environment where the people benefiting from the food can work to end poverty in their own countries.

Members of the various churches spent a year fundraising for the project, earning enough money to create more than 72,000 meals inside Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.

"We hope to actually domesticate the program next year," added Carpenter. "So that it's a more tangent contact for people to say, 'oh we're feeding people in our own country.'"