Mobilzing to feed the hungry

By Perry Russom

September 8, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 11:13 PM EST

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The United Nations' World Food Program reports 870 million people worldwide don't have enough to eat.

While the number of starving people has dropped drastically since 1990, progress has slowed down over the past few years.

More than 1,500 people volunteered their time this weekend to help shrink that number even further by preparing meals in Ithaca's MobilePack.

"The feeling that many of us have is here is that there are still is injustice in the world and as long as there are children dying of starvation, that's not acceptable and we're just going to keep up with the work," said Marcie Bishop of Ithaca MobilePack.

Volunteers packed vitamins, freeze dried vegetables, soy and rice into sealed bags.

Only hot water has to be added before the meal can be eaten.

"I like feeling how important it is and I like giving other people a chance," said 9-year-old Gigi Weislogel, of Ithaca.

This year's MobilePack lasted three days with nearly 50 different organizations lending their time for a larger effort. In the span of the three days, 300,000 meals were prepared.

One of those organizations was Cornell's women's gymnastics team.

"I just like doing it with all of my friends and knowing I'm helping out for a bigger cause," said Kennedy Prentice, a member of the gymnastics team.

The food will be delivered to one of 70 countries across the world to fight hunger.

From just the Sunday morning session of MobilePack, 71 starving children will get a hot meal everyday for a year.

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