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Bunker Hill, IN - For the past two years, Maconaquah Elementary School has partnered with McGrawsville United Methodist Church and Howard-Miami Church to provide non-perishable food items to students in need. This year, the school was fortunate enough to receive a matching grant through Meijer to expand the program to now serving students kindergarten through 5th grade.

On Wednesday afternoon, Maconaquah students, staff, and community members showed their Brave Pride by coming together to pack sixteen weeks’ worth of food to fill Buddy Bags. This is the largest shipment the group has received, but their concerns for not having enough manpower were diminished by the outpouring of support that showed up to help.

“It was really amazing to see so many people show up who wanted to help with this mission of feeding our kids. It was especially great to see all of the high school students, Jr. High National Honor Society kids, and even some elementary students helping their peers,” said Team Leader Lisa Duke.

Duke has helped organize the event alongside Louisa Haigh, Jessie Myers, and Sarah Schlegel. They were shocked to see 120 volunteers show up to help pack the 25,000 pounds of food.

“I’m sitting here just in awe of tonight. Yes, there were some hiccups, but wow, what a way to bring a community together. God is so good! I am thankful for the opportunity to serve and feel blessed to be a part of this program,” said Jessie Myers.

The group was able to fill enough bags to provide 242 students with weekend meals for the entire first semester. To put it into perspective, they were able to fill 3276 bags, and in just two hours! The team will reconvene in December to pack another shipment of food to serve students second semester.