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Hunger project underway on Palm Beach

Posted at 8:40 AM, Feb 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-28 12:59:31-05

PALM BEACH, Fla.- It's a day of giving on Palm Beach, as a local organization packs meals for kids across the area.

Hunger is a problem right here at home. It's why Palm Beach Unites is hosting an event at Palm Beach Academy called Feeding Children Everywhere.

"I know by doing this it certainly helps," said Avery Emmer, a sixth grader at Palm Beach Day Academy. "I just wish we could do it more often."

The plan is for 1,000 volunteers to pack about 150,000 meals. They will include, lentils, rice and vegetables for families to prepare at home.

"We're packaging a lot of meals to help people," said Charlie Lorentzen, a sixth grader.

According to a study by United Way of Palm Beach County, one in three households ran out of food before they had money to buy more.

Students at Palm Beach Day Academy are taught that one in six children across the county go hungry. Students say giving back to the community is important.

"I know I'm extremely lucky, I thank God for that," said Harrison Fisher, a sixth grader. "And some kids aren't as lucky as me. When I get to help them, you always have to take that chance."

Students from various grades at Palm Beach Academy will be volunteering, along with members from local organizations, including churches and non-profits.

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the upper school.

The organization is looking for volunteers to help at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Click here to donate.