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volunteers prepare food for residents displaced due to the flood. A free meal was offered at Benton High School.

The St. Joseph School District hosted a free meal at Benton High School for anyone affected by recent flooding in the region.

Benton Principal Dr. Beery Johnson said he believes staff served about 50 meals. Some of those meals were given to volunteers and those sheltering at the Keys Christian Fellowship Center which is acting as an emergency shelter.

“We just wanted to give them a break from all of the hectic stuff going on with the flood,” April Wilson, one of the district’s employees who helped serve the food said.

An American Red Cross official at the shelter said he was impressed with how much the community has banded together.

Lunch ladies from across the district helped serve the meal which included chicken patties and other prepackaged meals.

“It’s just a place to take a break for a minute and sit down with people who understand what they’re going through,” Wilson said.

“We just wanted to get together for our community and offer some food to help people relieve some stress,” she said.

In addition to the meal, the district also accepted non-perishable food donations. Those donations were taken to the Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph.

It’s unknown how many people may need meals across the region, but at least one village, Lewis and Clark, is completely closed.