Trinity prepares meals for hungry in Haiti
by Celia Shortt
An overseas mission trip was brought to Coweta County when Trinity Christian School held its second annual Feed the Need service project earlier this month.
“It’s a brand new concept for school funding,” said Don Carmichael, a representative for Feed the Need. “Trinity is the first school in Georgia to do it.”
“We can raise money for the school and at the same time serve others,” said Todd Robbins, the Head of Trinity’s PTO.
Feed the Need allows Trinity students to make a difference in the lives of children and families in third-world countries suffering from malnutrition. Their task was to mix, seal, and box 10,000 dried meals to send to hungry families in Haiti.
To raise money, students asked for sponsorships and donations for the event.
“Trinity raises money through Feed the Need in much the same way as other school's fundraisers,” said Trinity Kindergarten Teacher Amy Robbins. “Our Pre-K through high school students reached out to friends and family, asking to be "sponsored" for any amount. The difference is that instead of being sponsored, for example, for running laps around the track, students are sponsored to work in the Feed the Need service day.”
According to Carmichael, the nutritional needs of those suffering had been assessed and all ingredients were based on those needs. Ingredients included: rice, for energy; soy protein; dehydrated vegetables; and a mixture of vitamins. All that is needed is to put the meals in boiling water.
On event day, students began working at 8:30 a.m. Each was trained in measuring and combining the four ingredients in labeled bags, double sealing them, and packing them into boxes. Groups of students spent hour-long shifts in the gym, rotating through stations of an assembly line — including labeling, measuring, filling and sealing, and passing packaged meals down a line to be packed.
Every grade participated and younger students worked with the older ones. Hard work paid off as students were able to assemble and package all 10,000 meals by the 2:30 p.m. deadline.
Once completed, the meals are shipped to Haiti, where a group of people will be ready to distribute the meals to kids who need them, said Carmichael.
“It was a great time with friends, loud music blasting in the gym, and an impressively efficient way to serve over 10,000 meals to hungry children in Haiti,” said Mrs. Robbins.
This year is the second for Feed the Need at Trinity, but it is the first year with the middle- and high- schoolers involved.