North Hardin Classical School is partnering with Feed the Need Missions to package nearly 20,000 meals to help feed the hungry.

Josh Hardin, spiritual life administrator, said Feed the Need is an organization that mobilizes and organizes fundraisers for food and school tuition.

On Friday, the school will be packaging meals, which will be sent to orphanages in Haiti. He said the country is one of those in the world that has been in consistent need for food for the children population.

Food packages include rice, a protein, vegetable chips and other foods that are non-perishable.

Originally, the school was planning on shipping 10,000 meals but decided to double the order to 20,000.

This week, Hardin said they’re doing training sessions for teachers and students on how these are packaged. He said the younger students also will be helping with sealing and labeling packages.

“I want this to go deeper into the community, deeper into the hearts of our young people,” he said.

As a private Christian school, Hardin said they typically have fundraisers to help raise money for student tuition to make it more affordable, which then goes into teacher pay, facilities and academic opportunities.

With Feed the Need helping to facilitate the school’s tuition fundraiser, a portion of the money will go toward purchasing food for Haitians.

This year, the school made the goal $80,000 for its tuition gap. He said that goal was reached in about three weeks of fundraising with the current amount being more than $90,000.

Hardin said they also participate with Helping Hand of Hope and their own food drive where they work with several other food pantries in the area.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or

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