The second annual Meals of Hope, Kids Against Hunger event will take place Saturday, November 12th at Marco Island Charter Middle School. Within a mere two hours, hundreds of local volunteers will package over 100,000 meals in assembly line style. Each volunteer will have a specific job to do. Adults, children, students and seniors will all work together, there is something for everyone to do. Steve Popper, a Naples resident and Rotarian, brought the Kids Against Hunger project to Southwest Florida a few years ago. Since then, he has formed Meals of Hope which is able to buy supplies in bulk,
bringing down the cost of each meal. The ticker on their website, www.kidsagainsthungerofswfl.org, shows over 12,000,000 meals have been packaged to date. Various Rotary Clubs, churches and other charities organize a packaging event. A small donation is requested from adult volunteers which offsets the cost of the supplies. Sunrise Rotary President, Jennifer Shanahan, is pleased to partner with Walgreen’s on this year’s event.
There are two types of meals, the first is a bean and rice casserole which has protein, vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals added. The second is a macaroni and cheese meal which is also fortified with protein and vitamins.
One package makes six meals when cooked. The only ingredient needed is water. Most of the meals will feed the hungry right here in Southwest Florida.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to measure, weigh, drop or pour ingredients. From there the packages are sealed, counted and boxed. Those boxes are picked up, placed on pallets and then wrapped. During the entire event, Steve keeps the volunteers apprised of the total number of meals packaged by calling out the number every 15-30 minutes.
Come out and help Marco Island beat last year’s record! 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 12th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School gymnasium.