Hundreds of students from Alisal Elementary School joined parent and nonprofit volunteers earlier this month to pack 16,200 meal kits for families in need in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.
Alisal students in second through fifth grades gathered in the multipurpose room Nov. 10, with classes packing in 30-minute shifts, to fill containers with rice and dehydrated vegetables to send to the Caribbean nation. The elementary school went on to exceed its original goal of 15,000 meal kits.
"We were looking for opportunities to give back," Alisal principal Karen Johnson said in a statement. "It's allowed them to understand that there are children with different circumstances than they have in the world and feel really good about giving back and do something to help those children."
Each meal kit provides food for five to six people, so the kits packed by Alisal could feed up to nearly 100,000 people in need in Haiti, according to school officials. The volunteer effort was a collaboration with Kids Against Hunger, a national nonprofit humanitarian organization.