Hairnets and help: Volunteers pack food to help Meals of Hope

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Comfort food for a cause will now be provided to thousands of people, thanks to volunteers.

Saturday, Manna House was packed with hairnets and high spirits as they create self-contained macaroni and cheese meals.

Meals of Hope, an organization out of Florida, provided the food -- complete with fortified soy to provide nutrition.

"The ideal thing is to find a place like Manna House," said Meals for Hope program director Steve Boyett. "They can actually house the foods and get it directly in the hands of those who need it."

Manna House will distribute the pallets of mac-and-cheese to local people in need. The best part is, it's all done for less than twenty-five cents per meal.

More than 300 volunteers showed up by noon, helping Manna House and Meals for Hope quickly exceed their 100,000 meal goal.

Many organizations and families made up the volunteers, who say it's all about family values.

"Society teaches kids how to get, and get for themselves," said Deanna Scott. As she scooped macaroni with her husband and two children, she said she was happy to spend her Saturday morning giving back while teaching her children the importance of charity. "It's important for them to know to be Jesus' hands and feet in the community."

Meals for Hope provides about 5 million meals a year.