- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha organizers fell short of setting a record for the world’s largest spaghetti feed over the weekend, but the event did help raise awareness of hunger and allowed neighbors to get to know one another.

The goal of Sunday’s event, organized by Omaha nonprofit We Are the Power of O.NE., was to serve 20,000 spaghetti dinners in four hours, the Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1paDxKx .)

The group said serving 17,000 would break a world record. But Sunday’s volunteers served only around 5,100 dinners. The group also took 1,400 dinners to homeless shelters.

Dinners were served at 12 sites, among them the Omaha Public Schools’ seven high schools and several other spots in the area, including across the Missouri River at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The dinners were free, although donations for the Food Bank for the Heartland were encouraged. The idea was to raise awareness of hunger in the Omaha area. A total amount raised was not immediately available.

Omaha chef and organizer Lin Leahy said the turnout was disappointing but Diane Zipay, nutrition services director for Westside Public Schools, helped her put things in perspective.

“She asked ‘Did it help one person? Change one life?’ ” Leahy said. “I said ‘Yes.’?”

“That’s the power of one,” Zipay responded.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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