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Missouri church packs over 40,000 meals to help poor community

A congregation in Missouri packed over 40,000 meals for the less fortunate, with more than five hundred volunteers taking part in the charitable endeavour. Hope City Church of Joplin held the meal-packing event on Sunday morning, with participants putting together exactly 40,218 meals during their worship services.


According to Lead Pastor Cody Walker, those involved in the effort to pack tens of thousands of meals were required to take various precautions due in part to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had about 525 individuals pack the meals. Everyone was required to wear a mask, hair net, and gloves,” Walker explained to The Christian Post. “Every volunteer was stationed with a small team of about 10 in a specific spot while they packed the meals.”

After the meals were prepared, they were delivered to Watered Gardens Ministries, a charity based in Joplin that Hope City has partnered with for the past few years.

Casie Augustine, kitchen manager at Watered Gardens, told CP that the tens of thousands of meals would be distributed at their Mission Market and their Outreach Center.“It helps keep our Mission Market stocked with an item we use very often and thus tend to run out of regularly,” explained Augustine.

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