Students create meals for hungry in Haiti

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — Students at Manchester’s East Catholic High School are boxing up thousands of nutritious meals and sending them to starving people in Haiti, and it all started with one student’s idea to help people.

Ravaged by earthquakes, storms, and policial unrest, the people of Haiti have been struggling for years. That’s where the need is greatest right now.

“We take a lot of things for granted, like food in the grocery store, and in Haiti there’s no grocery stores, so I fell like this is really helping out,” sophomore Matt Piznar said.

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So all day long, students fill bags with rice, lentils, and dehydrated vegetables. Each bag is enough to make six meals. Each box holds 48 bags. And it all started because of Grace Mazzarella.

“I did this service project the first time at my church for my confirmation class,” Mazzarella said. “At that time we packed about 10,000 meals.”

Then Grace got the whole schools involved.

“Over the last few weeks, students have raised money,” Principal Jason Hartling said. “We’ve raised over $10,000.”

2014 04 11 echs haiti meals 03 300x168 Students create meals for hungry in HaitiThat is enough to fill enough of these bags to make 40,000 meals.

“It’s not easy to reach out to other people in other countries, so it’s really nice to be able to do that in your school,” senior Erin Payton said.

They work with a charity called Feeding Children Everywhere to get all of these boxes into a cargo container and sent to Haiti. Grace hopes the project keeps growing.

“I invite other places, other schools, other communities to do this as well,” she said, “because if one small community can make such an impact, if we all work together we can do so much more.”

LINK: Feeding Children Everywhere

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