Hands on for Haiti in Illinois

Salvation Army, City of Elgin effort nets 1,040,920 meals.

Volunteers in Elgin, Ill., package Numana meals for distribution in Haiti. [Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Division, Central Territory]

The Western Territory will stage a “Million Meals for Haiti” volunteer opportunity on March 12 – 13, 2010, at The Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter warehouse in Southern California. Look for a report in an upcoming New Frontier.

In a cooperative effort between Numana, Inc., and The Salvation Army, nearly 4,000 volunteers worked two-hour shifts over the weekend of Feb. 20 – 21, 2010, at the former Siegel Home and Building Center in Elgin, Ill., to package 1,040,920 meals for Haitian earthquake victims. The goal of one million meals was exceeded by nearly 41,000 extra meals when Elginites and Fox Valley and Chicago-area residents answered the call for volunteers to package meals to ship to Haiti.

The huge undertaking was hosted by The Salvation Army and the City of Elgin and supported by Elgin-area businesses and volunteers, from ages 8- to 80-years-old. Working in 50 teams of 13 people each, volunteers packaged rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetables, and 21 vitamins and minerals in plastic bags containing six meals each.

Packaged meals are being trucked by FedEx to Miami and then airlifted by UPS to their destination. Both companies donated their transportation services to The Salvation Army.

These meals are in addition to 2,756,160 Numana rice meals already distributed in Haiti by The Salvation Army, along with 18,400 ready-to-eat meals, 55,260 jars of baby food, and 500,000 gallons of water!

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