On Monday evening, the Lions and Rotary Clubs of Imperial met at Mercy Meals in Wauneta for a “Pack-Off” to see which club’s representatives could pack the most meals in two hours.
At the end of the evening, the Rotary Club side (with the help of a Lion and other volunteers) had packed 4,800 meals, 300 more than the Lions Club side’s 4,500 meals, for a total of 9,300 packages.
That’s enough for 57,600 servings for, this time, citizens of Ukraine who are in need of a nutritious meal, said organizers.
Lions Club members present were Dennis Batterman, Kelly Hammerlun and son Tyce, Jayne Henry, Larry Radcliffe and their guest Janet Sheaffer. Participating Rotarians were Cheryl Bryan, Laura Gaschler, Phil Harris, Lori Pankonin and Brianna Pribbeno.
Mercy Meal board members and their families were also on hand to lend their expertise and experience in filling, weighing, sealing, packing, counting and replenishing soy, rice, protein and dried vegetable supplies for the workers.
Mercy Meals of Southwest Nebraska, based in Wauneta, is wholly sustained by volunteers from surrounding communities. According to Mercy Meals treasurer Mary Haarberg, they have set a goal to package one million meals by the end of the season in late April. At last count they had reached 761,400.
Mercy Meals will host a bake sale this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at their facility at 112 S. Tecumseh Avenue in Wauneta to help pay for new windows in the facility, which have been installed to keep out dust and cold weather.