Did you know there are people going hungry right in your own community?
Did you also know that there’s a fun, interactive way to help them? Hosting a meal packing event is a great way to get involved in your community and have some fun while providing real help to people in need. These events are perfect for school groups, religious organizations, corporations, and any other group looking to increase their local profile while providing an important service to the community.
What is Meal Packing?
Meals of Hope meal packing events are designed to bring entire communities together around the shared purpose of fighting hunger. Meals of Hope events are sponsored by school groups, religious organizations, corporations, and any other group looking to increase their local profile while providing an important service to the community.
The sponsor organization provides the space, the volunteers that do the packing, and pay for the ingredients. Meals of Hope provides everything else. We supply the ingredients, the equipment, and the event planning, to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch!
You Choose Where the Food Goes
At Meals of Hope, it is essential that the food packed at our events goes where it is intended to go. This means that the food packed within a community will stay within that community unless instructed otherwise. Meals of Hope prides itself on being able to keep food local within communities in the United States. Although we are strongly focused on keeping it local, Meals of Hope has also partnered with organizations to help areas outside the United States including: Ukraine, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Malawi and the Bahamas, and beyond!
You Choose the Meals You Pack
Meals of Hope food packages* were designed to address the need for an economical, nutritious solution to aid in the fight against hunger. Each bag contains enough food to provide six to eight meals. In only two hours each person will generally pack around 60 bags. That’s roughly 350 meals for our hungry working families, children, seniors and veterans.
Anyone Can Help Pack Meals!
Our meals can be packed anywhere, by anyone! We encourage all volunteers – from children to senior citizens – to help at meal packing events. Our events are full of energy and there are jobs for ALL ages and skill levels. If you show up, we’ll put you to work and make sure you leave with a smile on your face!
Meal Packing Events Are Perfect For
- Collegiate clubs
- Religious organizations
- Professional and trade associations
- Corporate and for-profit businesses
- Other nonprofits and service organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis.
Why Should I Host a Meal Packing Event?
According to the USDA, there are 34 million people in the United States who are food insecure. Of these 34 million people, over nine million are children. From Coast to Coast and everywhere in between, the need is overwhelming.
Hosting a meal packing event is an opportunity to come together with your friends, family, colleagues, congregation, neighbors and beyond, to do something positive for the people who need it most. The events are fun, dynamic and full of energy, and in the span of a few hours, your event could be sending off over 1 MILLION MEALS to the people most in need in your community.
Benefits of Meal Packing Events:
Our meals can be packed anywhere, and for about $.30 per meal, your organization can give its members, employees or students an experience they will never forget while reaping the numerous benefits of hosting a meal packing event:
- Give your members, students, congregation, or employees a way to get involved.
- Position your organization as an advocate for the hungry within your community.
- Raise your organization’s profile with the local and regional media.
- Teach younger volunteers a life lesson they’ll never forget.
- Create a memorable leadership development program for you company
How It Works
To organize a meal packing event, you only need to do four things:
Choose a Location
Choose a Date
We will handle the rest! We’ll help with the set up, training your volunteers, running the event, and taking care of clean up at the end. Your volunteers will have an extremely positive, team building experience where they will make a significant impact towards the people in need in your area.
Ready to Get Involved?
Reach out to learn more about hosting a meal packing event in your community or to make a direct contribution.