A little over a year ago, my friend Rachel started organizing a food packaging event called "You(th) vs Hunger" for our church. We needed to raise $25,000 to purchase the supplies to package 100,000 meals for people living in poverty in Guatemala, Haiti and Nicaragua. She worked along side Cross Catholic Outreach to purchase the supplies and promote the event, but it was just her and her husband trying to spread the word and unite a church with over 19,000 parishioners to come together and support her cause.
I loved the idea and the program and quickly agreed to help as much as I could. I've helped her sell donuts and raffle tickets, collect donations, pass out bracelets, count money and organize volunteer sign-ups over the last 12 months.
And last weekend, on April 9th, we did it! During four 2-hour shifts, hundreds of members of our church came together and collectively packaged all of those meals! It was a long and exhausting day, but such a fun day, as well! Here are some pictures of the day:
|All setup and ready for our volunteers.|
|The first shift doing their part.|
|Our family ready for our shift to start.|
|Kaitlyn started as a bean pourer.|
|Then she moved onto rice.|
|Jonathan also took a turn at adding the beans,|
|...and Kaitlyn took a stab at weighing each bag. She was a pro at making sure each bag weighed between 388-389 grams.|
|Our table putting together 360 bags.|
|Rachel, surrounded by her kids and the rest of the volunteer crew,|
|1000,000 meals ready to go!|