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ELKHART -- More than $2.1 million worth of food and personal care products are leaving the Concord Mall parking lot, thanks to international relief agency Feed the Children.
The food will feed an estimated 5,000 families for a week.
Cars are lined up on the north side of the mall and on U.S. 33, waiting to pass by the several stations where families can pick up a box of food, personal care items, frozen fish and additional products.
Hundreds of volunteers, including local students, church members and biking clubs, are organizing and handing the items to those with vouchers.
Donations are also being dispatched to 11 churches throughout Elkhart County and one each in LaGrange and Kosciusko counties.
Larry Jones, the founder and owner of Feed the Children; Joel Osteen, pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston; his wife, Victoria Osteen; Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore and Bob Thatcher of Concord Mall all spoke at the opening of the event.