Members of First United Methodist Church in Richardson spent their Sunday elbow deep in rice.
They filled nearly 150-thousand bags with the grain, dehydrated vegetables and vitamins, making individual meals that will be distributed in poor countries to those who might not otherwise have food to eat.
"They are able to get involved in a global issue and this is an easy way to do that. They don't have to spend thousands of dollars going on mission trips all over the world. They can donate their time," says Pat Ware with Stop Hunger Now, an organization that partnered with the church for the day's event.
Heather Sawicki is a volunteer: "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I know how important this is, how lucky we are and I just wanted to come do whatever I can."
The food is simple and culturally neutral, meaning it's easily adaptable with native spices. Volunteers hope recipients get something else from it too.
"A feeling that someone cares for them and thinks about them and wants to help," says Sawicki.
Over 600 people of all ages worked to fill the bags, which will be used in schools and orphanages.
"There's a light on their faces and their eyes light up and they know that they are going to have that one hot meal a day," says Ware.
The bags cost 25 cents to package and require some work to prepare, but for church members they're well worth the effort.
"I think there's always more that we can do, but I think it's helping with what we have right now," says Sawicki.