Edgar High School students to pack 50,000 meals Thursday

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- At least 50,000 meals will be packed in boxes on Thursday in an effort to supply food to area pantries for weeks. The students at Edgar High School are in charge of putting all of them together within two hours.

Members of the school's F.F.A., Hanna Lang, Alexandria McKibben, and Nataley Myszka joined Sunrise 7 on Thursday to talk about the daunting, yet rewarding task at hand and where the food is all going.

Over the last several months, Myszka said her F.F.A. chapter has been organizing the charity event and raised about $12,000 to make it happen. Hanna said the group was inspired to support Meals of Hope, which is based in Florida, after their week-long trip to Washington D.C., where they helped to pack 60,000 meals for other pantries. How it will work this year, explained McKibben, is the food will be boxed by students and taken to Green Bay where they will be held until pantries in central Wisconsin are in of more food, making for a readied supply of food for pantries after the holidays.

To incentivise those packing the boxes, the students made it a competition. To learn more about their efforts, see the videos.