Published: Feb 20, 2011 2:31 AM EST
Updated: Feb 19, 2011 11:32 PM EST

ESTERO, Fla. - More than 200 people packed more than 75,000 fortified meals to benefit people in Southwest Florida and Haiti.

The prepackaged meals included macaroni and cheese, as well as rice and beans.
     
Estero United Methodist Church and "Meals for Hope" sponsored the event.  The food will be used locally and sent overseas to Haiti.

"The idea is, our Meals of Hope give people hope and to give them something, at least something for that one meal that they don't have to worry about," said executive director Stephen Popper.

Popper says the food will be in peoples' hands by Monday, and it will be gone by Saturday.

To find out how you can get involved, log on to www.meals-for-hope.org.