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SYSK: Marv Dewaard does his part to help feed children

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Volunteers spent time packing meals for the non-profit "Feed My Starving Children." The organization is based in the Twin Cities and started in 1987.

Last year, it sent 125 million meals to children in 67 different countries. For five years, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waterloo has hosted packing sessions, organized in part by Marv Dewaard.

Each spring, Marv contacts numerous churches and groups in the Cedar Valley to recruit these volunteers.

"The Bible instructs us to care for children, to care for the hungry and to care for the poor. We are just trying to do as best we can what god requires us to do," said Marv Deward.

The volunteers bag a four ingredient meal, weigh it, seal it, stack it and box it. Marv is there to help, but he said a lot of the credit he gets is undeserved. He said so many people make this project a success each year.

"We continue to grow, and we're looking to grow. More churches, more volunteers, more funds," said Deward.

During three days at Westminster Presbyterian, volunteers are set to pack more than 150,000 meals.

"127.5 million meals is our goal this year, which is pretty incredible, and it's going to a lot of places: Haiti, East Africa, so a lot of need," said Clynt Reddy.

Clynt Reddy with "Feed My Starving Children" said 18,000 children die every day from lack of food, which is why people like Marv Deward are so important to the cause.

"All we are is an organization that gives people an opportunity to serve, and it's people like Marv who take that step and say we have a heart, we have a passion for this and this community wants to get involved. So when you have someone like Marv who comes into the fold, it's the only way we can make a difference with them is someone one the other end of the process who steps up," said Reddy.

While Marv Deward isn't the only volunteer, he certainly does his part to make sure millions of children get the food they need.

For more information on "Feed My Starving Children," click here.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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