By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
People wishing to help eliminate hunger nationwide will get the chance to be part of the solution Sunday afternoon when the Washington Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) hosts its Washington Against Hunger event beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall.
The Rev. Darryl Carr, one of the organizers of the event, said this is the fifth year the event will work with Take Away Hunger, an international group working to stop hunger. Carr said food would be boxed during the event and shipped all over the world to feed starving people.
?We originally started out packaging canned goods for HACAP and doing Washington Against Hunger,? Carr said. ?Now we have limited to Take Away Hunger. We package monthly at HACAP, so we just do Take Away Hunger. We have been able to collect enough money between the churches to do 14,000 meals again this year, which is fantastic.?
Carr said last year 100 people volunteered to assist with the packaging. He said the KC Hall had been very generous to help with the effort.
Don Fields, CEO of Take Away Hunger, was at the 2017 event. He worked in a line helping package meals with all the other volunteers. At the time he had praised Washington for the volunteer work it had done. Fields said when Take Away Hunger began 18 years ago. At the time it was called Kids Against Hunger. Washington was one of the first groups to get involved. This time the Ministerial Association had collected, $4,000 that had gone to Take Away Hunger and $2,000 to the area HACAP.
?There is something special about Iowa people,? Fields said. ?If you give them a cause like this and you tell them the local churches can solve the hunger problem in a community and give them a way to do it, they run to do it because they want to help. It isn?t that way everywhere, but Iowans are special.?
Carr said the event would be a family event and during past packagings children as young at 3 years old had helped. He said interested people should come to the KC Hall around 2:30 p.m. Instruction would be given and packaging would start at 3 p.m. After that about another 30 minutes would be used to clean up. He said this would be a great teen group event. He also said it qualifies for Silver Cord hours.