More than 900 elementary and high school students in Siouxland are helping feed the needy in Honduras.
They gathered in the gym at Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools in Sioux City this week to package tens of thousands of meals.
Lexi Stolen is a Heelan senior who’s helped put the meals together for several years running.
“We started around sixth grade year so it’s been a couple of years, I’m sort of sad this is my last year doing it,” Stolen says. “I was a packer and a weigher and a sealer and the past couple of years, I’ve been helping them putting them in boxes so we can get them out to the trucks.”
Senior Nate Gobell has also packed the meals of enriched rice, dried vegetables and seasonings since he was a sixth grader.
“It’s a good sense of gratitude knowing we’re going to help out a bunch of people who have it harder than we do,” Gobell says. “Here, we’re just truly blessed, living in America and being able to go to a school like this.”
The students worked in shifts for almost eight hours and assembled more than 111,000 meals.
Heelan students have packaged more than a million meals in the past eight years for the poor in Honduras.
Reporting and photo by Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City