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Volunteers needed for Mercy Meals prep
Tribune file photo Local volunteers are showing packing Mercy Meals for the nonprofit organization Orphan Grain Train in the file photo from last March. Volunteers are needed to sack and pack more meals on Sept. 30 at Heartland Community Church.

Volunteers are being sought to sack and pack thousands of Mercy Meals this month for Orphan Gain Train. The project will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Heartland Community Church, 4907 10th St. in Great Bend.

Last March, volunteers processed more than 50,000 Mercy Meals for Orphan Grain Train, based in Norfolk, Neb. The goal this time is to package 81,000 meals, which is 13,500 bags. Each bag feeds six people. The food is staying here to help feed people, organizers said. A bag cost 97 cents.

Live Like Jesus Today’s Buzz Birney and Lasting Life Ministries’ Mark Ball are the planners and financial support for the project. It takes almost 400 volunteers to accomplish this lofty goal. Ninety volunteers are still needed to help assemble meals, which requires a commitment of about 90 minutes. The 1-3 p.m. sessions are still open. Call Birney at 620-397-3325; Ball at USA Gym, 620-792-2209; or Cindy Warner Dayton at 620-639-1891.

Orphan Grain Train ( is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Christian volunteer network that ships donated food, clothing, medical and other needed items to people in 71 different countries including the USA.