Advance Auto Parts employees pitch in to package 10,000 meals

The numbers were impressive: 100 employees of Advance Auto Parts packing meals for 10,000 people. And all in less than two hours.
 
An event Thursday afternoon at Valley View Mall in Roanoke included the sounds of a bluegrass band, the fast hands of Advance employees, and the coordination of the non-denominational charity Stop Hunger Now.

The meals packaged in Roanoke will supply nine school feeding programs in Nicaragua by the end of the year.
 
Tonya Ballard is one of the Advance Auto Parts employees who took part in the event. "I have two small kids," Ballard told us. "I couldn't imagine them going without food, so knowing that I can give to other kids, it's great."
 
Troy Henson is the Program Manager in the charity's Lynchburg warehouse. "The cool part is the next time these bags are open is by whoever is cooking the meals for those kids."
 
The meals have four ingredients, including spices with vitamins and minerals, soy protein, dehyrdated vegetables and rice.  Each bag will feed six people.

Stop Hunger Now works with churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations and other groups to package meals for children in need around the world.