Thousands of volunteers swarmed the nation's capital this week to help pack 1 million meals for Kids Against Hunger, an international food relief organization.
For some young Americans it was a way to celebrate Independence Day by helping free children from hunger and starvation. The organization provides nutritious soy and rice casserole packs to children and their families in 60 countries.
"The food that we're packaging, a person only needs to eat one cup of it to get all the nutrients and vitamins they need every day to survive," Ron Osterbauer, CEO of Kids Against Hunger, said.
"All they have to do is cook them and add water. It's really simple, really easy to make and they're delicious," he said.
Spokesman Dr. Donald Burwell said one-third of the packs will be shipped to Haiti, another third will go to hungry families in the Washington D.C.-area.
"We were amazed to find out that...here in the D.C. area, one in every two of the youth are nutritionally challenged," Burwell said.
He added that 20,000 children die each day worldwide due to lack of food and proper nutrition.