Iowa-based group sending food to Philippines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers in Des Moines are packing 1.5 million meals for survivors of a devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines last month.

The Iowa-based group Outreach, Inc., pledged to send the meals to victims of the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 6,000 people.

On Monday, the organization says volunteers began loading the first of five 40-foot containers. The other containers will be loaded later in the week. The food will arrive in the Philippines in 45 to 60 days.

The charities Somebody Cares and Rotary International were helping send the containers to the Philippines.

Outreach, Inc., was created in 2004 by Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, retired farm owners from Union. The group has delivered hundreds of millions of meals to people suffering from hunger.