News

A Solution Found For the Many Food Requests

Requests from around the world for much needed Mercy Meals has increased tremendously because of the pandemic. COVID caused restrictions on group gatherings, which meant no packing events, which meant no food to feed the hungry. OGT’s Norfolk warehouse manager Doug Trampe along with volunteers; Bill Begeman, Bill Meyer and Andy Peietzmeier went to work to design a semi-automated packing of meals. They found a food grade mixer and a processor for filling the bags and of course, their first team of volunteers to produce Mercy Meals! The room was built in the back of the Norfolk warehouse with heat/air and ventilation for dust control. The team, now called ‘The A Team’, is dedicated to meeting twice a week and packs about 7,776 meals in three hours! This project is growing and has a couple of other dedicated groups scheduled weekly to make meals. In the first 6 months 401,508 Mercy Meals have been produced and shipped to hungry children and families around the world! Since Mercy Meal packing events shut down from COVID, OGT found a way to help supply some of the life-saving food demands. If your family, friends or organization would like to schedule times to pack meals, please contact Doug at OGT 402-371-7393. Unable to pack meals, maybe you would consider contributing to the cost of the Mercy Meal supplies? You can donate on line or mail in a check earmarked Mercy Meals Supplies to Orphan Grain Train PO Box 1466 Norfolk, NE 68701.

‘The A Team’ back row L to R: Andy Peietzmeier, Bill Meyer and Phil Zastrow. Front Row L to R: Nancy Dolesh, Pat Leavell and Verona Wantoch.


Categories: Branch Updates, Disaster Relief, International Aid

Related News Stories

Houston Branch Open and Ready for Donations

Houston Branch is now open and ready for donations! An OGT container has arrived as a temporary warehouse. We are still on the hunt for a warehouse, the container will provide storage for donated items and supplies to be used in our future warehouse....

Read More

Container Full of Blessings for Those in Lithuania

Norfolk warehouse volunteers loaded bikes, toys, school supplies, medical equipment, hygiene items an altar and other needed goods for Psychometry Rehabilitation Center in Lithuania. What wonderful gifts for children, families and others in need....

Read More