MISSOULA — More than 500 volunteers came together to prepare food for 100,000 hungry children on Friday.
The packaged meals the volunteers put together will be distributed by the Missoula Food Bank's Empower Pack program.
The program provides healthy meals for children who experience hunger on the weekends when they don't have school meals to eat.
University of Montana student Alfred Peterson says he that he loves being able to help so many kids from just a few hours of volunteering.
"There's nothing bad about helping people, ya know? We're gonna do 100,000 packages today, so I'm helping 100,000 people," Peterson said. "That's the way I'm looking at it. It's just a good feeling, it's good to know that I'm helping the community and helping people out."
Each package can feed a family of six, or one child during an extended school break.
The event was produced by United Way of Missoula County, and both the Missoula Food Bank Director and UM President gave remarks.