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      Volunteers pack 2 million meals during a weekend

      It'll be shipped to El Salvador, Haiti and the Philippines, where it can provide one meal a day for a year to 5,560 children.

      NOVI, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area pastor's vision of guiding thousands of volunteers to pack 2 million meals over a three-day weekend has come true.

      And he said it was better than he imagined.

      Brad Powell's 2 Million Meals effort reached its goal Sunday. When it did, the seven digits were displayed on an oversized video screen and volunteers cheered and danced as the sports-arena anthem "Rock & Roll, Part 2" filled the convention hall in Novi.

      In all, 8,810 volunteers - working in 11 two-hour shifts - packed 2,029,536 meals from Friday to Sunday.

      The food is a mixture of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals.

      It'll be shipped to El Salvador, Haiti and the Philippines, where it can provide one meal a day for a year to 5,560 children.(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)