With high expectations set for the 2013 Meals of Hope packaging event, Chairman Neil Snyder couldn’t be more proud of the final tally. “We not only raised $35,000, but we are starting our 2014 Marco Island Meals of Hope project with $16,000! We packaged 180,096 meals in about 90 minutes! That works out to packing 2,001 meals per minute! We had just under 600 total volunteers.”
Whether young or old, student, professional or homemaker, race or religious affiliation, members of this community stood shoulder to shoulder with each other and packaged meals for the needy. There was measuring, scooping, weighing, sealing, counting, boxing, heavy lifting and replenishing supplies, and it was all happening at once. It was another successful joint project for the Sunrise Rotary Club, Noontime Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Marco Island which provide seed money for the project.
Schools participated; girl’s scouts, boy scouts, teams, JROTC, businesses…. all came together and made this a successful event. Each year the event runs more smoothly, logistics are fine-tuned, new hands chip in to do their share, and it becomes bigger and better.
Neil “Captain Hope” Snyder, as he is affectionately known to his committee members, commented, “Far too many ‘Warriors’ worked together to make the 2013 event the overwhelming success it was, to thank folks individually. However, I do want to thank my co-chair persons, my logistics committee and each and every member of th Sunrise and Noontime Rotary Clubs as well as the Kiwanis Club. It is my sincere hope that these clubs, as well as our business and community partners will join together again on Saturday November 15, 2014, and work to ensure that no child in Collier misses even a single meal.”
Meals packaged at this event will be distributed in Collier County through the Feeding America food bank and Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.