Churches hold donation drives, need volunteers
For less than the cost of a bottle of water, Union County residents can feed six kids.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, Mill Grove United Methodist Church in Hemby Bridge, Faith United Methodist in Lake Park and other churches across the county will hold a unique fundraising event, collecting donations as they pack meals to send overseas.
“Last year in Union, we were part of the Million Meals for Haiti project,” packing event coordinator Bob Wilber, from Faith UMC, said. “This year, we wanted to slow down, do something on a smaller scale.”
The churches decided to alternate from now on, Wilber said. This year, the goal is to collect enough to feed 150,000 children. Next year, they’ll be back up for another million meal push.
This year’s program partners churches with Kids Against Hunger, a local group with a facility in Charlotte. It costs 15 cents to package one full meal, which is composed of a vitamin-fortified soy-rice casserole. To put that in perspective, it means a dollar donation feeds six children, while $25 feeds 166 kids.
With the group’s goal of 150,000 meals, that means they need $22,500.
Local churches have been discussing the event for weeks now, collecting donations from the congregation, through money or volunteer efforts.
“Some churches are sending financial donations, others have volunteers coming in,” Wilber said. “We’ve got a commitment from quite a few of the local groups.”
As of Sept. 23, an estimated 334 volunteers had signed up to work for two hours packing meals Saturday morning. However to handle the load, Wilber said 186 more are needed, in order to handle the amount of work.
Volunteers can sign up to work a two hour shift by going to the website http://kidsagainsthungercharlotte.org/sign-up-for-an-event. Anyone not able to attend can email suzanne@kids
againsthungercharlotte.org for more information.