Hunger group invites public to Saturday pack

Published 10:17 am Friday, April 17, 2015

Austin’s newest hunger group is inviting the public to help feed the hungry Saturday.

Real Hope for the Hungry, a local hunger-fighting group similar to Kids Against Hunger, is inviting the public to a meal-packing event Saturday at the Austin Veterans of Foreign War Club, 300 Fourth Ave. NE, which will host the group’s events.

“We wanted to open it up to the community to come in and meet us and see what we’re all about,” said Carol Brown, a volunteer with the group.

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People can pack during sessions at 9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Austin lost its Kids Against Hunger Location when the Oak Park Mall closed late last year, but a group of volunteers started Real Hope for the Hungry.

Like Kids Against Hunger, volunteers, service groups, students and church groups raise money to buy food, which they then mix and package to send off to needy people. Many of the meals will stay local and could be used at local food shelves.

The Salvation Army has taken meals in the past from Kids Against Hunger, as have some of the backpack ministries. This new group would like to give food to local communities too.

Real Help for the Hungry will work with a Twin Cities hunger group, which will then send it on to places like Haiti and Afghanistan.

While registration ahead of time is preferred for Saturday’s pack, people are invited to just show up to pack. People interested in the pack Brown at 507-433-4489.