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December 22, 2016

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Somewhere in the world, a child who is hungry soon will eat a meal packaged by volunteers associated with Johnson County Community.

On Friday, Dec. 16, more than 145 people, mostly staff from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and some staff, students and faculty from JCCC, showed up at BNSF’s technical training center at JCCC. They packed more than 20,950 meals as part of an event for Stop Hunger Now, said Mary Smith, a JCCC professor who helped organize the effort.

“The event, called Stop Hunger in its Tracks, went very well,” Smith said.

Baylee DeLaurier, Kansas City program manager for Stop Hunger Now, said she couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

“Several BNSF people gave us very positive feedback and said that they would host another event next year,” DeLaurier said. “They were an awesome group of volunteers – enthusiastic and hard-working!”

DeLaurier said the meals would go to one of 70 countries that are partners with Stop Hunger Now.