Canning turkey to help the hungry

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

Volunteers in Goshen worked to cut and can turkey to send out as part of an ongoing international and regional hunger relief effort.

The Mennonite Central Committee mobile meat canner worked in full force as hundreds of volunteers helped cut up 68,000 pounds of turkey.

The turkey was sliced into one-inch pieces, canned, labeled and then prepped to be shipped out to different countries in need of food donations. Officials running the event say the cans will provide nourishment and nutrition to recipients in Haiti, North Korea and Ukraine.

Around 10-percent of the canned meat will also be distributed throughout the Great Lakes region.

Jennifer Steiner, communications coordinator for MCC Great Lakes says that one can of meat can go a long way.

“A lot of families can actually take one of these cans of meat and actually stretch that into 2, 3, or 4 meals, you know you might use part of it with rice, you might take part of it and make a soup out of it. So it is amazing how you think of this tiny little can how much that can actually do and how many meals that can turn into for somebody who might not have other options for meat,” said Steiner.

A total of $120,000 was spent to make the canning efforts possible, and the organization says it is always looking for donations.

The event began on Friday and will span for a total of eight days through Jan. 19.

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