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Local Teamwork with Worldwide Results

April 16, 2013

DALLAS, TX---Two hundred fifteen residents, staff and family members of Highland Springs retirement community took on a different kind of project to assist less fortunate children in Honduras via its 3rd Kids Against Hunger project.
With three assembly lines of volunteers in its Hillcrest Clubhouse, the volunteers measured, sorted and packaged highly nutritious, life-saving meals with ingredients provided by the worldwide hunger relief organization.
In just four hours, the team created 12,150 meals ready for shipment to children nearly 1,400 miles away in Honduras.
The project was held in conjunction with the Allen Kiwanis Club Foundation.  The nonprofit organization purchased supplies, bought equipment and took responsibility for shipping the meals following the event.
The Interfaith Advisory Council of Highland Springs contributed $1,500 to the project through its Chapel Fund.
Glee Pitney, a resident of Highland Springs, participated in this year's project.  "Even though we will never see the recipients, we were thrilled to share our time for such a worthwhile cause," said Mr. Pitney.
"Helping Kids Against Hunger is a unique way to volunteer," Mr. Pitney described.  "It's well-organized and fast-paced.  You can work in as many shifts as you'd like, and there is really a sense of teamwork and accomplishment as you see the meals being created."
The mission of Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world. 
Kids Against Hunger's meals have been formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by a malnourished child's body and mind. The food also accommodates to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world.  The meals are easy to package, keep for long periods of time and require only boiling water to prepare.
For more information, please visit the organization's website at

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