Students package meals to help those in need

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CRESCO, Iowa – Hunger continues to be an issue nationwide and also in northeast Iowa. That’s why students in Cresco are coming together to help fight hunger.

This fall, Howard-Winn students in Cresco have been focusing on a positive mindset and how they can make a difference.

The school district partnered with Meals from the Heartland and packaged meals to help those in need.

“Our school district is 40 percent free or reduced lunch and across northeast Iowa there is a hunger problem,” says Superintendent John Carver.

More than a 1,000 students in grades K-12th took part, some experiencing it for the first time.

“This is my first time packaging meals for people who need it. I’m learning that it is caring, it is a good deed because people who don’t have food like we have, we can go to the store and buy food whenever, we can but these people don’t,” says seventh-grader Cameron Scheidel.

“It helps people get in their mind that it’s a good feeling to help others in need and just helps people to see that it’s right to help,” says Toni Jonson, director of the School Board.

As for Cameron, he says he will be able to walk away knowing he has impacted someone’s life.

“I never knew that people package food and send it off. I always thought that they, like, pay for it and gave it to them, but I never knew that they had stuff like this. When we make the meals and send it and it’s good because it makes me feel good because I’m sending off a package or that I made the package so people can eat them.”

Community volunteers also played a major role in the packaging project.

“We had a community donor that put up the funding to purchase all of the food and the elementary kids had a change battle and collected over $2,000 to go to this project,” says Carver.

The school district has a goal of packaging 50,000 meals.

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