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Manson churches, community help feed poor

Volunteers pack food for Then Just Feed One in Honduras

October 6, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, , Messenger News

MANSON - The churches in Manson will pitch in on Sunday for a fundraising event that goes beyond denominations.

They will serve a brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for Then Feed Just One, formerly known as Kids Against Hunger. Volunteers from each church will serve in shifts.

The money will be used to buy meals for poor families in Honduras.

"This has been going on in Manson for five years," said Dave Kraft. "It was always a nondenominational program, maybe two or three churches would do it. This year, we're trying to make it bigger."

Kraft is chairman of the Knights of Columbus committee which coordinates the event.

"One of the biggest companies in Honduras is Dole. A lot of the pineapples we get actually come from Honduras," he said.

Fact Box

If you go:

WHAT: Fundraiser for Honduras

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday

WHERE: Manson High School commons

COST: $7 adults, $4 children 12 through 4, free for children 3 and under

Food packaging day will be Oct. 27 at the old elementary school.

Unfortunately, many people in that country don't make enough to live on.

"It's your rural areas, up in the mountains and things like that, where a lot of these people have issues of needing clean water and just basic food. It's a struggle there," Kraft said.

"These are the kinds of people who are working for 10 cents a day or a dollar a week or whatever, you know - this is when you hear about people working for astronomically low wages and you think that people couldn't possibly live on that."

Dole regularly has to send its shipping containers back to Honduras, Kraft said. Then Feed Just One fills those returning containers with food packages.

"It's an extremely cheap way to send the product," he said.

The meals sent are a rice and soy product, Kraft said, with dehydrated vegetables and bullion for flavor.

"It starts out very small and then it swells up," he said. "Each of these meals supposedly feeds six people, they just put it in boiling water.

"We figured that it currently costs 26 cents a meal to package the meal and ship it."

The price for Sunday's brunch is $7 a plate for adults, $4 for children ages 12 to 4, and free for kids 3 and under. The menu will include biscuits and gravy, sausage and scrambled eggs.

"What we're doing is raising the money to find out what we have for a budget," Kraft said.

After the brunch, organizers will count the money and order that amount of food from a company in South Dakota. The pieces will be shipped to Manson, and community kids will package it into meals.

The Rev. Deb Parkinson, pastor of the Manson United Methodist Church, said the fundraising was not always done this way.

"In the past, we've always had the people bring money that day, and we didn't know how much we were going to pack. We ended up packing more than we had money for, so we had to come up with the extra money," she said.

"I had done this in Perry and Grand Junction about three times, and I said we need to raise the money first."

Kraft said the community was helping out, not just churches. Collection jars will be set up at many local businesses at school classrooms.

Big Beve's Bar and Grill is also assisting by selling food, plates, forks and other supplies to the group.

"Any stuff that we don't use, they'll take it back," Kraft said. "They have been so gracious. They serve a Sunday brunch, so they're hurting their business."

Churches will continue to raise funds in other ways after the brunch.

"I'm going to have five buckets with different colors on each bucket - pink, purple, green, red, and orange and blue together," Parkinson said. "I'm going to raise money until close to the time of packing, and whichever color has the most money, I'm going to dye my hair."


"Just because it's something different to do," she said. "Anything creative to raise money."



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