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About 100 volunteers gathered Jan. 15 at the Depot to help process turkey meat for canning. Over ten days of the canner’s visit, about 1000 people helped process meat for MCC. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Volunteer Toby Penner Enns collects packing straps from a large pallet of empty cans on the MCC mobile canner in Goshen on Jan. 15. Enns is from Paraguay and is in his first year helping staff the canner. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Volunteers Jorge Vielman (right) and Joe Shetler cut raw turkey at the Deport MCC building in Goshen on Jan. 15. The two were part of a group of about 100 people who processed meat for shipment to hungry people around the world. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

John Hahn, cuts meat at the Depot on Jan. 15. Hahn joined about 100 other volunteers Tuesday to process meat for MCC. Hahn is from Wakarusa. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Dennis Rheinheimer marks lot numbers on cans of MCC meat Jan. 15 at the Depot in Goshen. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Surrounded by six large pressure cookers and two cooling water tanks, volunteer Toby Penner Enns keeps track of paperwork on the MCC mobile canner in Goshen on Jan. 15. Enns is from Paraguay and is in his first year helping staff the canner. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Two pound cans of turkey meat sit waiting to be boxed at the Depot 1/15/2013. During the nine day canner stay 34,000 of the cans will be filled cooked, labeled and boxed for shipment all over the world. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

MCC mobile canner volunteer Jason Unruh works in the semi- trailer at the Depot 1/15/2013. Unruh is one of four volunteers who staff the canner as it makes it’s annual circuit around the US and Canada. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

A volunteer loads two pound cans of turkey meat into a box at the Depot 1/15/2013. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
MCC canner visits Goshen again

Posted on Jan. 15, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 16, 2013 at 9:09 a.m.

GOSHEN — The rattle of two-pound cans of meat being sealed, the high pitched hiss of steam escaping from huge pressure cookers, knives snicking against metal table tops as raw turkey is cut into small pieces and volunteers laughing as they work together are all sounds coming from a normally quiet building on Division Street in Goshen. The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) meat canner is in the middle of it’s annual visit and the Depot is busy with noise, heat and lots of helping hands.

About 1000 volunteers from northern Indiana, northwestern Ohio and Michigan will cut, can pressure cook and package 68,000 pounds of turkey meat. The cans will be shipped all over the world to help feed hungry people. Ten percent, or 6,800, of the cans stay in the area for local distribution. MCC has been running the mobile canner since 1946 and last year shipped over 389,000 cans of meat. Most of the volunteers are Amish from area communities, but every year volunteers from churches in Kokomo, Ind., Archbold, Ohio, or southern Michigan also help out. In addition to helping prepare and can meat, volunteers help to set up and tear down the mobile canner.

The canner will be in Goshen from Jan. 11 through 19. For more information contact the MCC Great Lakes Office in Goshen at 534-4133.