Millions in the Philippines were affected by Typhoon Haiyan and the need for life's basic essentials -- food and water -- is overwhelming. A valley non-profit stepping up to help and a group of young volunteers is also lending a hand.
They add equal parts of rice and soy for protein, a tablespoon each of powered vegetables and vitamins.
The Arizona packing site for the non-profit Feed My Starving Children filled with fourth graders this Tuesday morning wearing hear nets and gloves, making up Manna Pack meals to send to the Philippines.
"It makes all the difference in the world.. every single meal we pack is hand packed by volunteers," said Gabe Stuhan.
Development advisor Janine Skinner says an ongoing relationship with the typhoon ravaged country is allowing them to step in immediately to provide food to survivors and assist with ongoing efforts to rebuild.
"The meals that we have on the ground right now, about half a million meals, are already getting into the hands of survivors," she said.
Each one of the Manna Packs contains six meals. After the typhoon, the Philippines requested 2.5 million additional meals be sent over, so now the non-profit is adding five more packing events like this one a week to fulfill that need.
The students and parents fit 400 grams of ingredients into one pack. 36 packs were placed into one box, which is shipped directly from the packing plant in Tempe.
The students and their parents are happy to be making a difference.
Feed My Starving Children expects it will take about a year to fulfill the need for the 2.5 million meals.