Dozens of volunteers rise against hunger to help families in need

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. KNOP-TV Nearly 250 volunteers gathered in the Gothenburg High School cafeteria to bag meals for families in need.

More than 200 volunteers gathered at Gothenburg High School to help families in need. The school has bagged 140,000 meals in the last six years for the non-profit organization "Rise Against Hunger." (Source: Beatriz Reyna/KNOP-TV)

"The people that we are going to be feeding tonight we will probably never know in our lifetimes, but I know it's making an impact," said Gothenburg High School Future Farmers of America President Heath Keiser. "The Rise Against Hunger organization is delivering those meals to people that need it and the more that we can help out, we are very glad to do that."

Volunteers have helped the non-profit organization provide food and aid for the past six years.

"We do medical stations, orphanages, school feeding programs, and we do a lot of emergency relief as well, so we know they are going to vulnerable communities around the world," said Kansas City, Missouri Rise Against Hunger Community Engagement Manager Payton Docheff.

The goal is to prepare and distribute 21,000 meals.

"It gives me hope," Docheff said. "Honestly, everyone can play a part in growing the movement. We can learn about who is hungry, how we can provide for these people and really seeing these people pull together to make a difference is totally awesome."

Since 2014, the school has bagged 140,000 meals for the international human relief organization.