IP Legal assistants volunteer service with a smile

Seven members of the intellectual property law office, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, took a long lunch on Thursday, Sept. 3 with great approval from their bosses. However, instead of lounging leisurely, the group joined dozens more in HyVee Hall to prepare, bag and box nutritious meals to third world countries. L to R, clockwise: Stephanie Strasko, Carole Rasmussen, Monique Ferrell, Dianne McGarey, Betty Haverkamp, guest volunteer Jan and Michelle Woods.For the second year in a row, MVS has helped out at Meals from the Heartland, a 4-day long program that calls out hundreds of members of the community with the goal of bagging as many meals of rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin lozenge as possible. Last year, the first year for the event, a goal of 3 million meals was set. However, the goal was smashed when the final tally registered at more than 4 million meals were bagged and distributed. This year, due to funding cuts, goals were set to 2.5 million, but organizers are desperately hoping to push over that limit. For more information, visit www.mealsfromtheheartland.org

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