High School Students Pack Meals for Haiti

The students beat their target of 100,000 meals

By Justin Finch
|  Thursday, Feb 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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The students beat their targets of 100,000 meals.

The students beat their targets of 100,000 meals.

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The entire student body of Archbishop McCarthy Catholic High took time out of their school day to pack a tall order of meals for deserving families a world away.

"All this food is going to be sent to Haiti and Uganda," said student Brittany Panos. "We're packaging, hopefully by today, a 100,000 meals."

The students beat their target by 224 meals.

The 100,000-meal target was the idea of senior Anthony Segreto. After working with humanitarian group Feeding Children Everywhere on a previous food drive where he helped pack 5,000 meals, he decided to bring the effort to his school on a bigger scale.

On Thursday morning, students arrived to the McCarthy gym, broke up into groups, and packed several small bags filled with lentils, dried vegetables and Himalayan sea salt -- enough food to feed a family.

"It's a comprehensive meal," said Kile Riggs, global director of operations for Feeding Children Everywhere. And it'll expand to 6 to 10 times it's size once it's cooked."

To get the project off the ground, Anthony worked with several community partners to help raise the $25,000.

"It's really amazing to see this all come together," Segreto said.

"For months, we're building up to this day, and now, it's finally here."

The next step is to get the boxes into a container before being shipped off some time in the near future.

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