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Stock the Pantry in Hamilton Co. a success

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

 After government cutbacks Meals on Wheels lost nearly $200,000. Money that was needed to keep feeding the disabled elderly. Help is on the way in the form of hundreds of youth students taking time out of their summer to make a difference.

On Wednesday night 350 kids from churches comprised of nine different states loaded buses and vans with donated food bound for Hamilton County Meals on Wheels patients.

Teenage volunteer Patrick Sanders said, "I guess a little satisfaction knowing you're helping the needy and it's just a good feeling knowing you're doing the right thing as well."

"I love mission work and I'm just excited to help the community and change the world," said volunteer Gracie Chapman.

Chapman and Sanders are two of more than 300,000 World Changers to do mission work around the world since 1990.

All 350 students are staying at Brainerd Baptist Church this week, they're up at 6am and working until the sun drops.

World Changers staffer Doug Forsythe says it never ceases to amaze him how eager these kids are to sacrifice parts of their summer, "they could have went to the beach or stayed home and hung out with friends but they're actually home and ministering to the community through meals on wheels."

After losing nearly $200,000 of government funding, Meals on Wheels had to cut their weekend delivery program. With movements like Wednesday's Pack the Pantry, they're making sure the elderly have food to last through the weekend.

Meals on Wheels representative Stacie Smith said, "in order to continue with the meals program we're going to have to look at other avenues and do things different, can't do things the way we always have. We'll do things different rather than rely on the federal government for support."

Chapman and the youth World Changers say they will continue to be one of those different avenues, "it's reassuring, it let's me know it's worth it and you're not doing anything in vain."

To get involved with World Changers visit WorldChangers.net and to donate to Meals on Wheels call 423-424-4277.

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