To help South Korea's hungry, a group of volunteers cooked a hefty batch of a local favorite dish. So hefty it weighed the equivalent of 35 elephants.

Over 2,000 South Korean volunteers continued a 10-year tradition when they gathered in Seoul on Thursday to make 140 tons of kimchi -- a signature Korean dish -- to feed the nation’s poor, ntdtv.org reports.

"We're so proud of doing this. We'd barely had a chance to serve others. This event gave us a chance to help those senior citizens living alone,” Park Min-hyuk, an employee of the event organizer, Korea Yakult, told ntdtv.org.

More than 90 percent of the participants were from the food company, Korea Yakult, according to ntdtv.org.

And these do-gooders had the needy's hunger -- and health in mind.

Kimchi, a dish made from fermented cabbage mixed with chili paste, is considered one of the world’s healthiest foods, according to Mother Nature Network. It’s low in calories and high in vitamins.

While kimchi is produced throughout the year in South Korea, it’s common for families to gather during the months of November and December to make large batches of the dish for the winter, the news outlet reports.

The volunteers made enough to feed 25,000 families, ntdtv.org reports.

"In our society, there are many neighbors in difficult circumstances, such as old people living alone and child breadwinners," Lee Chang-hee, director of Korea Yakult, told Nzweek.com. "The event aims to make them feel warm and happy."

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    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 15: More than two thousand housewives make Kimchi for donation to the poor in preparation for winter in front of City Hall on November 15, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables usually mixed with chili and eaten with rice or served as a side dish to a main meal. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

  • South Korean volunteers make 140 tons of kimchi, a traditional Korean dish of spicy fermented cabbage and radish, in a park outside the metropolitan government building in Seoul on November 15, 2012. City officials will hand out kimchi to about 14,000 poor households in an event marking the start of the winter season. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 15: More than two thousand housewives make Kimchi for donation to the poor in preparation for winter in front of City Hall on November 15, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables usually mixed with chili and eaten with rice or served as a side dish to a main meal. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

  • SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 15: More than two thousands of housewives make Kimchi for donation to the poor in preparation for winter in front of City Hall on November 15, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables usually mixed with chili and eaten with rice or served as a side dish to a main meal. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)