The fourth annual Story City Hunger Fight will be held on Saturday at the Story City Rec Center, and volunteers and donations are still needed.


“Help us fund and package more than 30,000 meals,” said Pastor Scott Johnson with the Roland-Story Ministerial Association, which is organizing the event.


Volunteers are needed volunteers to set up starting at 9:30 a.m. There are two shifts for packaging meals: 11 a.m. to noon and 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Packagers are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for a brief training.


Volunteers pack each individual bag with the ingredients and then it is put on a scale. It has to weigh within a certain range. If it’s too heavy, a little rice is taken out — too light, some rice is added. Then it’s sealed with a plastic sealer.


You can donate online or sign up to help during any of those times and shifts. Checks can be brought to any of the R-S churches, made out to the R-S Ministerial Association.


Volunteers can sign up online and can find the link on the Fourth Annual Story City Hunger Fight Facebook event.


At the end of the day, the packaged food will be boxed and packed onto the truck, which will be sent to Des Moines and then distributed around the world to people in need.


Meals from the Heartland started in 2007 with a food-packaging event held during Lent by a church in West Des Moines. The success of that event encouraged leaders to organize a community-wide food-packaging event that would involve more volunteers to feed hungry children and families.


That’s what brought Meals from the Heartland to Des Moines in 2008, resulting in 12,000 volunteers who packaged more than 4 million meals in a week’s time at the organization’s first annual Hunger Fight.


Since 2008, Meals from the Heartland has provided nearly 65 million meals to the hungry in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.


The majority of the world’s hungry live in developing countries, where an estimated 780 million people were undernourished in 2014, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.