By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
Members of Four Mile Run Christian Church gathered Nov. 16 to pack food for Haitians in need.
Haiti is roughly the size of Hawaii, said Mike Smith, pastor of the church. But where Hawaii has about one million inhabitants, Haiti has nine million, he said. This means they don’t have the land needed to grow enough food.
The church partnered with Lifeline Christian Mission of Westerville, Ohio to pack and send food to the people of Haiti.
The food – rice, soy, dried vegetables and vitamin-filled powder – is trucked to the church in large bags.
Wearing plastic caps and gloves, the church volunteers measure food out into smaller bags meant to feed six people. The bags are packed 36 to a box, so each box feeds 216 people.
“This year we set a goal of 200 boxes, we reached 245,” Smith said. “That’s just over 52,000 people we’re feeding in Haiti.”
The church pays the $45 cost of packing and shipping the food to Haiti. This is the second year the church has helped feed the people of Haiti.
“We’re giving 52,000 people one more day,” Smith said.
It was the first time Barb Donaldson helped with the packing.
“I think it’s lots of fun,” she said. “I think it’s amazing that these bags will feed so many people.”
Knowing she’s helping people in Haiti is rewarding, she added.
Marge Ewing agreed.
“It makes us feel good that we’re able to do something,” she said.
Austintown Rotary, MoJo’s Pub-n-Grill and Owen’s Construction helped with the project.