Another 10,000 Meals

Compassion Boston partners once again with Outreach’s End Hunger Northeast initiative to pack another 10,000 meals for Boston-area pantries.

Over 70 volunteers from churches all over Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island came together on June 19—the first Sunday of Southern New England Conference Campmeeting—to pack 10,000 meals for Massachusetts shelters, pantries, and food programs. This event was hosted by Compassion Boston in partnership with The Outreach Program and their End Hunger Northeast initiative. This was the second time this event was held at SNEC Campmeeting; you can read a more detailed coverage of last year’s event here.

The volunteers formed five human assembly lines, with each person doing a single task to contribute to the finished project: a small bag filled with enough food for six meals.

The first tasks involved filling the bag with pasta, soy protein bits, and a tomato basil sauce packet.

The next set of tasks were quality control: volunteers weighed the packets to make sure they contained as much food as promised on the outside of the bag.

Other tasks included sealing the bags, and keeping track of how many bags had been packed.

The last task was boxing up all the bags. Each box needed to have 44 packets in it.

Julia Bellman and the Literature Evangelism team were the day’s super volunteers. Their team came early and helped train other volunteers into the lines, managed refills, helped assemble and move boxes, and helped with any other tasks that needed to be done. A big thank you to this team!

At the end of the day, we had packed over 40 boxes containing 10,000 meals of tomato basil pasta. Some of those boxes were given away that day to the Angels and Backpacks program in western Massachusetts, and the rest await distribution to the Boston Red Cross Food Pantry and the Jamaica Plain APAC.

Thank you to everyone who supported this event with your presence, prayers, or donations. 

Update: On Wednesday, June 29, the remaining boxes of packaged meals were delivered to two Boston-area pantries: the Boston Red Cross food pantry and the Jamaica Plain APAC.

The Boston Red Cross Food Pantry serves between 4,000 and 4,5000 Massachusetts families each month (400 to 600 families twice a week). This food usually includes a bag of dry food—which our packages will be included in—some produce, and sometimes frozen meat. Most of their food is supplied by the Greater Boston Food Bank, though some comes from other donations, such as ours. For more information, visit their website.

The Jamaica Plain APAC (Area Planning Action Council) serves 75 clients per week in the Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Roslindale, West Roxbury and Roxbury neighborhoods, all low income families who typically don’t qualify for other benefits or people for whom food stamps are not enough for the month. During the delivery, a workshop on finance and budgeting was being held in the next room for area youth, age 14–21. For more information, visit their website.

Bill and Peter from the Boston Red Cross Food Pantry.

Bill and Peter from the Boston Red Cross Food Pantry.

Jenny from the Jamaica Plain APAC with Livvy, Compassion Boston Communication Manager

Jenny from the Jamaica Plain APAC with Livvy, Compassion Boston Communication Manager