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Belmont Baptist Church Packages Food to Help Stop Hunger

Posted: Updated: March 9, 2013 09:37 PM EST

By Saturday night, 15,000 meals will be shipped out from Charlottesville to hungry families around the globe.

Members of the Belmont Baptist Church prepared and packaged all the meals in just two hours.

The environment inside the church was like a party - loud music and lots of hustle and bustle. Fifty church members and volunteers worked as fast as they could to get the food packed and ready to go. It took a team effort and a lot of organization to package thousands of bags of food.

"It's definitely an assembly line set up where people are putting some rice and soy and the different vegetables that go in the meals," said Greg Anderson, pastor at Belmont Baptist.

Each pre-packaged meal feeds six people. The meals will go to the Stop Hunger Now Foundation, a group that sends food to children and families in developing countries.

The church's basement was set up in the formation of a human conveyor belt, with bags going from one section to the next. Some people scooped ingredients while others weighed out the bags of food and packed them into boxes. Music helped speed up the packing and keep the atmosphere fun.

"It's definitely a celebration and a party that we are trying to feed 15,000 people today," Anderson said.

A familiar singing voice from the valley even came out to support the cause.

"It's amazing that everybody is working very hard but there are just smiles on everybody's faces and that's what happens when you give back," said Jimmy Fortune, a former member of the Statler Brothers.

The food will travel from Charlottesville to school systems and orphanages around the world.

"To see people giving back, you know we need more to do it because it's just a good feeling in your heart you know to just stop your busy life and just take little bit of time out of your life to try to do something for somebody else," Fortune said.

Fortune also contributed by playing a free concert Saturday night at the church to raise money for Stop Hunger Now.

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