Volunteers pack 2 million meals in 3 days

NOVI, Mich. - A Detroit-area pastor's vision of guiding thousands of volunteers to pack 2 million meals over a three-day weekend has come true.
  
The Rev. Brad Powell said it was better than he imagined. His 2 Million Meals effort reached its goal Sunday.
  
When it did, the seven digits were displayed on an oversized video screen and volunteers cheered and danced as the sports-arena anthem "Rock & Roll, Part 2" filled the convention hall in Novi.
  
In all, 8,810 volunteers -- working in 11 two-hour shifts -- packed 2,029,536 meals from Friday to Sunday.
  
The food is a mixture of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals.
  
It will be shipped to El Salvador, Haiti and the Philippines, where it can provide one meal a day for a year to 5,560 children.

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