IMG_7090-2-300x200Employees from an array of RV manufacturers, including Forest River Inc., Newmar Corp. and Livin’ Lite along with suppliers such as Patrick Industries Inc., Quality Drive Away Inc. and Ascot Enterprises Inc. have been working in shifts this week with thousands of area volunteers — approximately 7,500 total — in the gymnasium of Nappanee Missionary Church to package 2.3 million meals for needy youngsters throughout the world. A total of about 180 employees from Newmar and 450 from several Forest River divisions were among the biggest participants, working in shifts of up to 400 in packaging the dry meals which consist of dehydrated vegetables, soy nuggets, vitamins and rice that can be heated up before serving. The meals, six to a plastic bag, are then distributed all over the world through a non-profit Christian organization based in Minneapolis called Feed My Starving Children. “These meals are being put together to help starving children around the world,” said NMC Senior Pastor Dave Enbrecht, adding that a number of companies have also stepped up with related financial donations. “They use embedded partners in other organizations to distribute these meals overseas – whether it’s Thailand, Guatemala, Haiti and a number of other different countries.” To view a slideshow, scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.