(KMOV)--Friday is World Food Day and the Danforth Center plans to make a dent in world hunger. At least half a million rice/soy protein meals are heading to critically malnourished people in Africa.
"It's a wonderful thing," Danforth's Chief Development Officer Laura Chauvin told me. "The Danforth Center is focused on hunger and nutrition long-term but when you hear a statistic like a child dies every six seconds from malnutrition, you want to do something about it now."
Friday and Saturday they've already got 2,500 people signed up to help put the meals together and box them up at 975 N. Warson Road. They could use 500 more volunteers at different times Friday and Saturday.
If you'd like to be a part of this effort, sign up at www.danforthcenter.org.
These meals are not only nutritious and made easily in a pot of boiling water once they get to their destination, they're also really cheap. About 25-cents a meal.
"That's the beauty of plants which we're focused on here 24/7 at the center," says Chauvin. "Plants give us so much nutrition and life and so many wonderful things and that's a way to also bring this to the consciousness of people. It's a very affordable way to feed people and it's great for kids to see what makes a nutritious meal."
Chauvin says kids as young as 7-years-old are welcome to come out and help package up the meals.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.