GRAPEVINE — Compass Christian Church is hosting a 500K.No running is involved, however. Instead, the church will put together 500,000 meals for the hungry in Haiti as part of the 2014 500K Meal Marathon.Compass, with campuses in Colleyville, Grapevine and Roanoke, is seeking more than 700 volunteers to help package the meals Sept. 13 at the Compass Center, 4201 Pool Road in Grapevine.“We want to open our doors to the community and say, ‘Hey, we’re doing something bigger than ourselves,’ ” said Jeremy Hardwick, a spokesman for Compass Christian Church.Volunteers will work in groups to package the rice-based meals with the goal of sending 500,000 to Haiti via Lifeline Christian Mission.Lifeline will serve the meals at its schools and through its nutrition programs in the Caribbean country.Last year, Compass exceeded its goal of 285,000 meals by preparing 309,000.The church provides assistance to the needy in North Texas, including an annual Thanksgiving food drive for GRACE, but its service goes far beyond the local community, Hardwick said.“When we say ‘serve,’ we want to serve everyone, everywhere,” he said. “This is something we can do beyond the reach of just here locally or nationally.”According to Lifeline Christian Mission, 70 percent of Haitians are undernourished, especially children and infants. Lifeline says the meals include soy and vegetables and provide about 75 percent of a child’s daily healthy diet requirement.Hardwick said volunteers will be needed to package food and to help with logistics, supplies and cleanup.“A lot of people last year said they got going and they didn’t want to stop because they were having so much fun,” he said.
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