11/16/2012 06:18 pm ET Updated Nov 18, 2012

Thousands Of South Korean Women Make 140 Tons Of Kimchi To Feed The Poor (VIDEO) (SLIDESHOW)

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, 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

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

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, 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 "The event aims to make them feel warm and happy."



Kimchi Making Charity Event In Seoul