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Group plans to prepare 25,000 meals

People from at least seven churches and two groups in Harrison County will be preparing at 25,000 meals on Saturday at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church south of Ramsey.
While there won’t be anyone there to eat the food that day, the meals will help make a difference in people’s lives. That’s because the meals are being prepared through the Kids Against Hunger program, which provides pre-packaged meals to underprivileged families.
Rick Crecelius, a member at Unity Chapel UMC who serves on the Missions Committee, helped organize Saturday’s packaging day after learning about Kids Against Hunger from his grandson who was 5 at the time.
‘We have enough money pledged for 25,000 meals,’ Crecelius said Monday afternoon, ‘but we’ll have supplies on hand to package 30,000 meals.
‘If someone comes in with $100, $200, whatever, we’ll set up a ninth line,’ he said.
Each packaged meal, which is described as a chicken-rice casserole that only needs boiling water to complete, costs 25 cents and makes six 1-cup servings, which can sustain six people for one day. As the bags of food are assembled, 36 bags ‘ the equivalent of 216 meals, costing about $50 ‘ are placed into a box.
Crecelius said they will accept donations Saturday from ’25 cents to a quarter of a million dollars’ from anyone who would like to join the effort.
The packaging event will begin at 10 a.m. in the church’s Family Life Center, located on the west side of the church building. It’s estimated it will take 90 minutes to package 25,000 meals using eight assembly lines.
Scheduled to work on the assembly lines are between 100 and 105 volunteers representing seven churches ‘ Unity Chapel, Central Barren UMC, Corydon Christian Disciples of Christ, Epiphany Lutheran, Pfrimmer’s Chapel UMC, St. Bernard Catholic and Thompson’s Chapel UMC ‘ and the Ramsey Lions Club and Richard Gettelfinger Services.
Crecelius said anyone is welcome to come Saturday and watch and/or help. Those wishing to help should arrive by 9:45 a.m.
‘Hopefully, other people will see this and take it back to their church and group,’ he said.
The group could break a record, as the oldest person to help pack meals for Kids Against Hunger was 98. Crecelius said a man who is older than 100 is expected to prepare meals Saturday. (The youngest person expected is 6.)
Kids Against Hunger was founded in 1999 by Richard Proudfit, a former Merchant Marine who became obsessed with feeding starving children following a trip to Honduras after Hurricane Fife in 1974.
Today, about 8,300 meals from Kids Against Hunger are served each day in Haiti, as that country continues to rebuild from the 2010 devastating earthquake.
Some of the packaged meals remain in the United States, where the lack of food is also a concern for some people.
The groups that raised the money for Saturday’s event decided where the meals will go, selecting the Horn of Africa, a Haiti Children’s Refugee Camp, Wayside Christian Mission in Louisville, and, locally, Harrison County Community Services and Our Father Provides.
Once all the meals are packaged Saturday, the Unity Chapel UMC Missions Committee will serve a light lunch for the volunteers.
‘I know the economy’s tough,’ Crecelius said, but he hopes to make the meal-packaging for Kids Against Hunger an annual event.
Unity Chapel is located at the intersection of Corydon-Ramsey and Lost Creek roads.