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Feed the Need returns to help Haitian orphans – Elizabethtown News Enterprise

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Updated: April 2, 2022 @ 8:53 pm
Students at North Hardin Classical School fill bags of food during Thursday’s Feed the Need service project. Last year, the school was able to ship out about 20,000 meals.
Christian May, a senior at North Hardin Classical School, packs boxes Thursday during the Feed the Need service project. Students helped pack thousands of meals for orphans in Haiti.
Monica Ronkainen, a senior at North Hardin Classical School, seals a bag of food Thursday during the Feed the Need service project. The project raises money for the school and to provide meals for orphans in Haiti.

Students at North Hardin Classical School fill bags of food during Thursday’s Feed the Need service project. Last year, the school was able to ship out about 20,000 meals.
Christian May, a senior at North Hardin Classical School, packs boxes Thursday during the Feed the Need service project. Students helped pack thousands of meals for orphans in Haiti.
Monica Ronkainen, a senior at North Hardin Classical School, seals a bag of food Thursday during the Feed the Need service project. The project raises money for the school and to provide meals for orphans in Haiti.
The basketball gymnasium at North Hardin Classical School in Radcliff reverberated Thursday with the sound of music and students as they worked together toward a goal to help others hundreds of miles away.
The school’s Feed the Need campaign took place for the second straight year.
For about five weeks, the school has been raising money for this campaign to help cover tuition gaps among students and to purchase materials for the school. The school works with The Champion Group for Feed the Need, which is an organization that helps schools fund raise to cover tuition and expenses.
Josh Hardin, spiritual life administrator for the school, said about 10% of that money is then used for the Feed the Need service project. Students help put together boxes of food to transport to orphans in Haiti.
Sporting hair nets and gloves, students rotate in large groups in the school’s gymnasium to assemble bags of dry food.
“We come together as an entire school,” Hardin said.
Dan Paddack, a teacher at the school, is in charge of the Open Door Community Kitchen. He said the school conducts other service projects throughout a given school year, including collecting thousands of canned goods for local pantries.
“Not only does it help feed people, it helps feed our faith,” Paddack said. “Putting love into action is one of the greatest contributions humans will ever make to the world.”
The bags contain vegetable protein, vitamin supplement and rice. These bags are weighed and sealed, and then put into boxes. About 40 of these bags fill a cardboard box. Each contains about 240 meals.
Last year, Hardin said they were able to fill enough bags for about 20,000 meals for the project and is hoping to hit that mark again.
Altogether, they were able to raise a total of $109,000 from the fundraising project this year, Hardin said.
He said they were able to build a computer lab last school year among other infrastructure projects with the project money. For next school year, he said he’s hoping to focus more on people by creating in-house counseling, developing a fine arts program and training students to be more aware of their mental health and wellness.
Hardin also said he has connected with The Champion Group to see if students can interact more with the individuals in Haiti whom they are providing food to.
“The most important thing we teach students is to give back especially in the name of the Lord,” Hardin said.
Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.
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