East Catholic High School works with Feeding Children Everywhere

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Mon., May. 6, 2013
East Catholic students measure rice amounts before bagging meals. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
East Catholic students measure rice amounts before bagging meals. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

Feeding Children Everywhere is dedicated to combating hunger throughout the world, and on Friday, May 3, the organization was able to prepare 45,000 meals destined for Uganda with the help of East Catholic High School in Manchester. Students weighed, bagged and packaged lentils, rice, dehydrated vegetables and Himalayan Salt. When it arrives in Africa, all the food needs is boiling water. About 685 students volunteered during their religion classes to help.

“It's a balanced, nutritious meal, and for many of the children who receive it, it will probably be their one meal of the day,” said religion teacher John Urbanski. With the average American household making $42,000 a year, the fact that the average household in Uganda has to get by on $490 is a sobering thought, he said.

The Feeding Children Everywhere program was brought to East Catholic by a student, Grace Mazzarella, who first participated in a Feeding Children Everywhere project during a confirmation class at her church. “In a small class, we did 24,000 meals, and I thought how many more we could do at a larger community like East,” she said. “A lot of people are looking forward to doing this and helping out with the world.”

The ingredients for the meals were purchased with funds primarily raised by dress-down days, when students could exchange their school uniforms for casual clothes for a fee.

Husband-wife team Kevin and Heather Yoreo are the North American regional directors for Feeding Children Everywhere. “It's amazing, the students came in with such energy,” said Heather. Feeding Children Everywhere is an Orlando-based nonprofit, with a regional office in Hartford.

“The kids are really excited that they can pack 45,000 meals and make this much of an impact,” said principal and chief administrator Jason Hartling. “We've heard of the power of one – this is the power of many.”

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