Community comes together to rise against hunger

GOTHENBURG, Neb. Hundreds gathered at the Gothenburg High School cafeteria to package meals as part of an effort to end world hunger.

This is the fourth year Gothenburg's Future Farmer's of America and local churches have come together to team up with Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization based out of Kansas City, Missouri.

So far, the community has helped ship more than 100 thousand meals to countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

This year's goal is to ship an additional 28 thousand meals.

"It's really something to be proud of, especially where we come from and we know we brought this back and we really did something about it, instead of knowing it was there and not doing anything," said FFA Chapter of Gothenburg Vice-President Presley Wendelin. "I think other communities should really take a strong look at this and know that it would be easy for them to make a small impact too."

36 thousand dollars was raised over the past six months to make this year's effort possible.

Six hundred dollars will go to Gothenburg's Backpack program to help stop hunger locally.