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Volunteers packing meals as part of the 6th annual Million Meal Marathon

Posted at 6:51 PM, Nov 01, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Over 3,000 volunteers are helping fight hunger across the state as part of the 6th annual Million Meal Marathon.

Eric Clark said he volunteers because he remembers what it was like to go to bed on an empty stomach.

“An entire day’s meal was a box of macaroni. That’s what we could afford,” said Clark.

So he, along with the other volunteers, spent the day packing rice, dehydrated vegetables and nutrients in a powder form.

“If it helps make a kid’s life better – who am I to spend two hours of my time every month to take care of it?”

Recent statistics reveal that one in five children in Indiana is food insecure. Clark said he believes something as feeding the hungry can help impact the deeper issue.

“It’s more than just the malnutrition of the body, it’s something the kids shouldn’t have to go through,” said Clark.

All of this year’s meals will be distributed to food banks in Indiana to help children in need.