ST. CHARLES, MO. - Estevenson Coleman learned what it was like to be hungry while growing up in an orphanage in Haiti.
"There's not enough money to buy food for all these kids," said Coleman.
Missionaries with the St. Peters Arm of Children Against Hunger showed up at the orphanage years ago to deliver food, and they helped save lives like Coleman's.
"It was our saving grace. We benefited from it and we ate that food pretty much every day."
Two of those missionaries adopted Coleman. He went on to enroll at Lindenwood University and helped organize this effort to continue to feed hungry children.
"It's been a great journey, and it's been a great experience from eating this food to packing it now; it's just been great to make that 360."
While some of the food will go to local pantries, much of it will be shipped to storm-ravaged Haiti where thousands were left homeless and devastated by Hurricane Matthew.
Because of the organization ran by Lindenwood students, some people will have some food to eat until they can get back on their feet, which is amazing to me.
Hundreds of volunteers - both old and young - have already packed thousands of meals.
Saturday evening, organizers announced the group Kids Against Hunger had reached their goal of 250,000 meals in only two days. Typical packing events hosted by the group yield around 30,000 meals, an official said.
"We have a 7-year-old, a three-year-old, a two-year-old and a one-year-old," said Coleman. "The 7-year-old is doing great.
"I think serving as a family is important because as parents we can set the example for them."
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