JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Thousands of bagged meals will soon be on their way to Haiti thanks to hundreds of volunteers in Joplin.

The volunteers worked in assembly-line fashion this weekend at The Bridge Ministries, filling plastic bags with rice, chicken flavoring, dried vegetables and soy meal. About 200 people worked in two-hour shifts at 60 tables, quickly filling and sealing the bags and placing them in boxes.

In all, Saturday’s “Joplin Helps Haiti” event yielded more than 280,000 bagged meals for needy families in the earthquake-stricken Caribbean country. The Joplin Globe reports that volunteers from 20 churches took part.

Dan Mitchell, director of the Bridge, told The Joplin Globe the filled boxes would be driven to Tulsa, Okla., for eventual shipment to Haiti.

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