Some of the 53,184 meals packaged by Pettisville students from all grades are probably already in the hands of the needy, John Poulson, Pettisville agriculture teacher, said Monday.
Students came together Monday, May 6, in the junior varsity gym, where long tables loaded with ingredients, equipment, and packaging material were set up.
As plastic bags progressed down the table, ingredients were added and weighed. The bags were heat-sealed, and stickers were applied with the ingredient list and instructions for preparation.
Each bag had enough for six meals. There were 32 bags in a box.
At the end of the day, 277 boxes were filled.
The meals were distributed to food pantries in the four-county area, while a few went to Waldron, Mich., for distribution.
Pettisville FFA students attending the FFA Wash- ington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., brought back the idea for a service project.
Ingredients and supplies were purchased from Meals Of Hope, Naples, Fla. Poulson said PHS students raised $13,000 for the project.
What’s on the menu in a Meals of Hope bag?
Poulson said each bag makes macaroni and cheese, with added protein. To prepare, boil the ingredients, add others, and serve.