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The 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference this week in Salt Lake City had a long-range vision of helping to build “inclusive and sustainable cities and communities.”

The service project connected to the three-day gathering had a more immediate aim: Assemble 375,000 meals for needy children, a goal that turned out to be too modest.

More than 4,000 volunteers of every stripe rolled up their sleeves, slapped on plastic gloves, donned colorful hairnets and took their places in assembly lines at the Salt Palace Convention Center to fill bags of food.

Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, partnered on the project with Feeding Children Everywhere, American Airlines and JustServe (a volunteer network established by Utah’s predominant faith).

In the end, the troops put together more than half a million meals, a church spokesman said Wednesday.

“I’m just blown away by how many people came,” Sharon Eubank, director of Latter-day Saint Charities and first counselor in the women’s Relief Society general presidency, said in a news release. “People who are food insecure — that’s an easy thing that we can all rally around and do something about.”

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