It was our celebration – and we gave the gifts! Members of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer (LCOR), finished up celebrating their 50th anniversary year on Saturday, November 8th, with a meal packaging event that is providing over 23,000 meals to area food pantries.
Working with END HUNGER NE /Outreach, Inc. the ingredients for high nutrition meals are purchased wholesale and teams portion and package them for delivery to food pantries. With volunteers doing the work, $1 purchases 4 meals. The members of LCOR raised funds throughout their anniversary year via sales of candy, homemade Valentines, memorial gifts and outright donations last Christmas. The minimum needed to hold an event is $2500, and members raised over $5,500.
One hundred and six people worked the event, with the youngest being 4 years old—and the oldest –wasn’t revealing their age. The event ran from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After the early team came to offload the truck, 5 teams of between 10 and 12 persons portioned, and packaged bags of macaroni and cheese.
Also contributing to the day’s activities were two members of Marathon Physical Therapy, Norton who provided much appreciated 10 minute massages as team members had a break. And Blackthorne Publick House, Easton, owned by church member Joyce Parlapiano, delivered several quickly-eaten pizzas for lunch.
The event yielded 107 boxes (36 6-meal bags/box) to be donated to area food pantries. Those accepting the meals included: Attleboro, Bellingham, Bridgewater, Easton, Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield, Medway, Plainville, Raynham, Taunton, Walpole and the Greater Boston Food Pantry.
END HUNGER NE works with churches, schools, businesses, civic groups, the United Way, etc. to help reduce food insecurity in the Northeast US. It is part of Outreach, Inc. which serves the US and international communities. Interested groups can contact Matthew Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.