2015-09-03 / Top News

500 helpers sought to pack meals for hungry children in Haiti

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

Over 500 participants are being sought to help pack food for the second annual Food Packing for Haiti event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School.

Food Packing for Haiti is an annual service event where people of all ages pack a simple rice and bean meal fortified with protein, vitamins and minerals to be sent to hungry children in Haiti.

Together with partner parishes Church of the Advent, Palm City, and St. Paul’s, Delray Beach; and Kids Care, an Outreach Inc. program; St. Mark’s goal is to raise funds and recruit participants to pack over 50,000 meals.

“Over 550 people joined together to support last year’s inaugural outreach effort,” said the Rev. Sanford Groff, associate rector at St. Mark’s, in a prepared statement. “The energy in the gym was palpable, and it was clear the spirit was at work.”

“Last year, we all came together to help the most vulnerable children of Haiti,” added Michaela Kennedy, development director and food packer. “Between the friendly competition between tables to pack the most food, the lively music playing to keep the energy up, and organizers cheering us on to reach our goal to pack over 50,000 meals – it was truly one of the most joyful outreach events I’ve ever been a part of!”

One of the most important ways to get involved is to help pack the food. Register at foodpackingforhaiti.org.

Registration fees are: adults ($20), child under 12 ($10), and groups ($150 for a table of 10).

Participants are requested to register for a two-hour shift. There will be five two-hour shifts beginning at 9 a.m. with the last shift starting at 11 a.m. Ten food packers per table assist in the process of measuring scoops of dry goods (beans, rice, soy, etc.) into bags, and then heat-sealing and boxing the prepared bags.

At the end of the day, boxes are loaded into a truck and driven to the port, where they are then sent to Haiti and distributed to families in need.

In addition to participating in this outreach, individual financial support and corporate sponsorship is encouraged. St. Mark’s thanks the following corporate sponsors who have contributed to date: Dunkin’ Donuts, EDS Air Conditioning; Keller, Keller & Caracuzzo, P.A.; Natural Medicine Clinic; Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions; and Stonegate Bank.

Checks should be made payable to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church with a notation of “Haiti” on the memo line. Mail to St. Mark’s at 3395 Burns Road, Attention: Development, Palm Beach Gardens, or drop off at the church office in advance of the event. For information on charitable sponsorships, contact Michaela Kennedy, development director, at 623- 2623. ¦

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