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      Van Buren students help the hungry

      Some Heartland students saw their fundraising efforts come to fruition Friday morning.

      A few Van Buren County students weren't raising money for prom or a sports team, instead they spent the last several months gathering funds to help feed the hungry.

      For the second year, the school's student council is participating in the Kids Against Hunger program.

      Students raise money and buy supplies to pack meals in a bag.

      When added with water, the packages make a casserole type meal.

      Packing the meals is satisfying, but at least one council member would like to do more.

      â??Yes I would, I'd like to be able to help pass it out or something. I think it would be awesome to see how it actually affects the lives of people to see that our little thing were doing here at my small town high school how it affects others in other places,â?? said student Caitlyn Millard.

      Program Sponsor Kathleen Humble said that the boxes prepared Friday are headed to South Africa, but she noted that often the food ends up closer to home.

      The program has provided food for Joplin tornado survivors and for food banks in places like Ottumwa.

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