Singer, non-profit partner to feed the hungry

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CANTON, Ga. -- A Georgia businessman and a local singer are working together to improve the world, one meal at a time.

Their idea was hatched in Canton and now has support all the way in Cairo.

"I had a vision back when I was 18 to feed children and feed people, and never imagined it would turn into anything like this," Steve Kasha said.

Kasha was traveling on business when he was inspired to start his ministry and SERV International.

"We send used clothing overseas to Africa and Central America, and in doing business in some of these countries, we kind of saw the need," he said.

Over the years, he has helped people in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Kenya. In Kenya alone, SERV International has distributed more than 5 million meals. The price for a meal is just five cents.

"One half cup ... will feed one person and sustain them for a day," Kasha said. Each meal is made up of rice, potatoes, onions, carrots and soy protein.

Singer Mandy Gawley of Milton was inspired by Kasha's mission. Together with SERV, she developed a simple online idea to further the mission.

"Our goal was to get 100 likes on my Facebook page, and for each one, we would donate a meal to serve," she said.

In less than a month, more than 33,000 people around the world has clicked on Gawley's campaign, proving the positive power of social media.

"It's kind of taken on a life of its own," she said.

All of those supporters means 30,000 meals will be donated -- a pricey proposition, since Gawley has been covering the costs.

"Luckily, we were approached by a corporate sponsor that said not only would they help us, but they would match everything we raise," she said.

Gawley has now stepped up her Facebook like campaign. For every like, two meals will be donated. Visit Mandy Gawley's Facebook page for more information.

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