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  • Numana is continuing to expand its operation and work to feed those who are hungry. Their latest addition will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house next week.
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  • Numana is continuing to expand its operation and work to feed those who are hungry. Their latest addition will be celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house next week.
    They will be presenting their new building which will be a packaging facility, as well as a new commercial kitchen, which will allow them to process food grown in the Numana Gardens, allowing them to dehydrate and can it and give it to more feeding parters, said Lindsay Mills, with Numana. Cheese packaging will also take place in the new kitchen, with the help of volunteers. The cheese packets are placed in the Numana meals used for local hunger needs in the communities in which the events are held.
    "We are so appreciative of the support we have gotten from this community, from this city," Mills said.
    The ribbon cutting will be held at noon Thursday, with the community open house being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday. During the open house, families are invited to come out for lunch, tours and a food-packaging event.
    The packaging facility will increase the opportunities for people to package food.
    "They can bring people to them now to package and learn more about what Numana is doing," Mills said.
    It will provide a place for schools, churches and businesses to package food for international and local hunger relief.
    Numana has seen all of this growth in just a few years.
    "About five years ago hundreds of volunteers packed the Civic Center and packaged hundreds of meals," Mills said.
    That was the first packaging event. Since, more than 30 million meals have been packaged by more than 180,000 volunteers at almost 200 events.
    Numana Inc. continues service to the surrounding area through the Numana Gardens, a community program in place to give people an opportunity to volunteer and serve the hungry locally. In February of 2014, Ritchie’s House was opened in El Dorado to provide transitional housing, as well as other resources, through a partnership with Mid-Kansas Community Action Program, Inc. and the Butler County Homeless Initiative. Numana, Inc continues to serve El Dorado, while also serving in 17 states and 14 countries.
     

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