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Panthers pack meals for Africa

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Snohomish High School PE instructor Ken Roberts (far left) holds the bag up to the funnel as junior Gabrielle Sieloff (second from left) adds ingredients to the mix while juniors Kaliegh Phillips (second from right) and Haylee Himes (far right) watch at the school on Thursday, May 5. The four were part of more than 1,000 volunteers, mostly from Snohomish High School, who packaged 75,816 nutritious, nonperishable meals that will be sent to families in need in Tanzania. The students also raised $22,000 for the program. Hosted by the Snohomish High School DECA and Dream Dinners, a Snohomish-based meal assembly business, the event gathered the volunteers who filled, sealed and packaged the meals all in one day. Each package contained rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin packet, and when boiled in water provides a meal for six people. In addition to filling the meals for Africa, the students and staff at the high school also conducted a fundraiser and food drive for the Snohomish Food Bank. The students had a goal of raising $22,000. Dream Dinners in 2015 partnered with other nonprofits and the Tanzanian government to get food to support programs through its nonprofit arm, The Living the Dream Foundation. At a food packing event last September, volunteers packed about 150,000 meals, of which 50,000 meals stayed in town for local hunger efforts.

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