- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

HENDERSON, Neb. (AP) - More than 100 volunteers in the eastern Nebraska community of Henderson have filled 15,000 tins with cooked ground turkey to help feed the hungry around world.

Members of both Mennonite churches in Henderson stationed themselves at the Mennonite Central Committee’s canner-on-wheels over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The assembly line included members ranging in age from a first-grader to a man in his 90s. They worked in shifts over the 17-hour production days.

Brent Swartzendruber, who ran the operation, told the York News-Times (https://bit.ly/1MI7zmW ) that the total cost, including transportation to the food’s end destination, will be underwritten by around $60,000 from the two Henderson congregations.

In regions of the world where little protein is available, Swartzendruber said, it’s not uncommon for a family of four to stretch a single can of meat over a month’s time. He also said the food goes “wherever it’s needed to whoever needs it.”

During the year ending March 31, Mennonite Central Committee canned meat shipments went to Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, North Korea, Serbia, Ukraine and Zambia, in addition to the U.S.

Ten percent of the canned turkey produced by the Henderson crew will be shared with Grace Children’s Home in Henderson, Living Water Rescue Mission in York and the Lincoln Food Bank.

The idea for a mobile canner was born during World War II, when Mennonites answered a cry for help from hungry, homeless people both at home and abroad. This year the canner will be hauled some 12,000 miles and be operated by more than more than 10,000 volunteers who will produce 500,000-plus cans of meat.


Information from: York News-Times, https://www.yorknewstimes.com

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