With the help of the community, Coppell High School senior Luke Albright is using his student-run organization to raise money and package meals for starving children.
Albright is the founder of Coppell 1 Million Meals, which is partnering with Feed My Starving Children this summer to package 100,000 meals to be delivered to children in developing countries.
“What we’re going to do is we will work with Feed My Starving Children, and we’ll raise money. They’ll bring the meals here, and we'll help them pack them," Albright said. “I want to create a community-wide event and not only just for this year, but I want us to keep this going."
The group will be hosting a packaging event on Aug. 24 at Coppell High School. Albright said the goal is to package 100,000 meals every year so that in the next 10 years the Coppell community will have packaged one million meals.
“I thought it was a good idea because I’m a big fan of legacy projects and making a mark,” said Nick Pranske, vice president of publicity. “I thought it was cool to bring such a nationwide organization and make it an effort within our community.”
The group is hoping to raise at least $24,000 to help supply the items for the meals. Albright said they’ve been asking for help from local corporations as well as individual donors. As of Wednesday, they have raised $11,440 in just a little over a month.
“I knew the community response would be great, but I didn’t know it would be this wide with everyone and how fast it’s already growing,” Albright said.
Albright said the good thing about the effort is that donors will be able to see their money being put to use. Children who are supported by Feed My Starving Children receive a steady meal of vegetables, vitamins, rice and soy. Just 25 cents can pay for one meal.
“It seems so small, but it makes the biggest difference in these kids’ lives,” Albright said. “You’re changing lives their lives forever.”
As for next year, Albright said he’s already training other students to take up the mantel after he and Pranske graduates.
“A big part of making this pass on from year to year is going to be the results that we show," Pranske said. “Seeing that we’ve already raised this much money, it’s a good sign. Once we get to our goal of $24,000 and hopefully surpass that, the younger people we’ll see that and have the passion to run it next year.”
Anyone is encouraged to donate to the cause and to volunteer to package meals.