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Sumner Fredericksburg High School packages more than 50,000 meals for ‘Meals of Hope’

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SUMNER, Iowa (KWWL) -- Today, over 300 students at Sumner Fredericksburg High School exceeded their goal of packaging 50,000 meals for 'Meals For Hope."

They packaged in total 50,136 meals to be donated to local food banks, food pantries, and their in-house "Backpack" program.

Led by Future Farmers of America ('FFA') chapter secretaries Molly Niewoehner and Katie Reno, and junior student Kylie Meyer, the students met inside Sumner Fredericksburg High School's gym Tuesday morning, and completed the thousands of meal packages in just two and a half hours.

“Being a part of the Sumner Fredericksburg FFA chapter has given me many memories and opportunities," Niewoehner said. "I can definitely say that I went out with a bang my senior year and had a ton of fun leading our meals of Hope packaging event. I really hope the underclassmen will stay involved and realize the value of their community service. With that being said we are really excited to distribute these meals back to our community that does so much for us in return.”

Starting at 8 a.m. and finishing by 10:30 a.m., the school-wide event took place in the gym where 8-foot tables were set up and assembly lines were formed.

The students assembled two types of meal packages: apple cinnamon oatmeal and mac n' cheese, which according to Meals of Hope, are the two most popular food packages that go quickly at the food pantries.

The total breakdown was 25,056 Oatmeal packages, and 25,080 mac and cheese, equaling a total 50,136 meals all together.

“Without the help of our community and surrounding area this goal would of never been possible to accomplish so this is not only an individual success but a success of many,” Reno said.

The chapter also recently raised $12,500 from generous donors to be donated to local food banks and pantries, and other surround school FFA chapters who will sere those in need.

“FFA has made a big impact on my life and how I act. I was really excited to be such a big part in this event," Meyer said. "I want to thank our school student body, teachers, and staff. They worked around their busy schedules and allowed us to help reach our goal. I know many students were hesitant at first but looking back really enjoyed working for such a great cause. I am very happy with how the packaging event turned out. I am thankful for being able to be in charge of something that directly affects our community for the better."

This FFA chapter plans to do an event similar to this one every two years.

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Dani Miskell

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