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Volunteers of Church Women United in Asheville send out 10,000 meals

Photo: WLOS staff

Ten thousand meals are heading to school food programs all around the world, thanks to the Asheville chapter of Church Women United.

Volunteers spent several hours Saturday morning packing rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins into meal bags.

Rise Against Hunger helped organize and coordinate the meal packing and distribution.

The organization started by helping disaster-stricken areas, is now focused on feeding children in schools.

"We have found that parents are more likely to send their kids to school if they're going to have a meal there. So it's a win-win. We really work through education," said Hannah Chenault of Rise Against Hunger.

Each meal only costs 29 cents to put together.

Rise Against Hunger estimates there are 815 million people worldwide in need of food.

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