Kids Against Hunger is back in town and planning the first food packaging event in five years for starving children from across the globe.

Kids Against Hunger founder Richard Proudfit is now retired from leadership of KAH, but his commitment to end world hunger remains the goal of the organization today.

Director Tim Stromer said the overall effort began 44 years ago and, “The founder of the whole thing of all packaging everywhere is a guy names Richard Proudfit, and back in 1974 he went to Honduras and saw a starving kid for the first time and said, ‘I gotta do something about this.”

Proudfit, a St. Paul native, will be at the weekend event.

The organization previously operated in Mankato for eight years, until problems with the former parent organization forced it’s closure in 2014. It’s now being operated by Nebraska-based Freedom Foods, which has more than 50 satellite locations in the U.S.

Stromer said a lot of people have shown interest in the Saturday event, and all are invited to help out at the food pack at Western Specialized trucking company at 111 Summit Avenue in Mankato, even if it’s just to learn more about the organization.

In the future, Stromer said that they will be looking to businesses, organizations, churches, and other groups to host and sponsor food packing events.

“Every bag will feed six starving kids. It costs us 25 cents a serving to do,” he explained, “So there are two things we need volunteers to do. We need them to come in and pack. We needs tons of volunteers. The idea is after this initial pack, which is this Saturday, we want to open it up for groups of ten or more any time that they can pack.”

The second component for those volunteers is to donate or raise funds for the purchase of the food; Stromer said each truckload costs about $70,000, but they will hold packaging events based on whatever amount is raised. He said some may find it unusual that volunteers are asked to donate time and money, but, “For instance, if you had a neighbor that was starving and you wanted to go to your favorite grocery store and buy them food, you wouldn’t go to the grocery store and say, ‘Give me food.’ You would go to the grocery store and pick out their favorite foods and buy it for them because that’s what good neighbors do.”

The food pack on Saturday begins at 10:00 a.m.

Stromer can be reached at (507) 387-KIDS (5437) or by email at [email protected].

Donations can be mailed to:

Kids Against Hunger, 711 Main Street, Good Thunder MN 56037

Stromer also operates a similar organization, Jesus Food, and said donations to either organization can be made online at its website. Donors will simply have to note which organization the funds are meant for.