Students and staff at The Ambrose School in Meridian assembled enough soup packages for 63,000 meals last week.

The meals will be distributed through the Boise Rescue Mission at its four shelters and through other community partners.

This so-called “Feed the Need” project is done in partnership with Homestead Ministries in Colfax, Washington.

Homestead Ministries buys and receives donations of locally grown grains such as beans, peas, lentils, wheat and barley from farmers, along with items such as spices, bags and labels.These supplies are then assembled into soup packages for meals for those facing food insecurity.

“This is not only extremely efficient and productive, but a great opportunity for our kids to tangibly serve others in their own backyard,” The Ambrose School Headmaster Kirk Vander Leest said in a press release.

One in seven Idahoans, including one in five children, don’t have consistent access to an adequate food supply, according to the Idaho Foodbank. Of these 241,000 people who are food insecure, more than 77,000 have incomes that make them ineligible for public assistance. That’s often where charities step in.

The Boise Rescue Mission serves 30,000 meals per month.

“We really appreciate the Ambrose School involving their students in a project to feed hungry people, and that they chose to make their donation of soup mix to the Boise Rescue Mission,” said Rev. Bill Roscoe, Boise Rescue Mission president and CEO.

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