News Tagged: meal-packing
If you’ve participated in a Meals From The Heart meal-packing event, you already know how quickly a packing team can turn ingredients into ready-for-the-shelf packaged meals. It’s not uncommon for a team to pack thousands of meals in a single packing session of thirty minutes or so. Multiply that by several teams over multiple sessions, and the numbers (and boxes) stack up to tens of thousands of meals for just a few hours of packing. In short, it doesn’t take much time to do a whole lotta good for local families.
But the need for speed doesn’t stop after the meals are packed.
We LOVE our volunteers, and they love to eat. Now, that sounds like a good reason for a party! We served delicious bar-b-que and sweet treats to a packed house at our offices on November 16th for our annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ Dinner. So far, in 2023 alone, Meals From The Heart packed 1.55 million meals over 50 events. These incredible milestones would be impossible without our dedicated and passionate team of volunteers.
Our volunteer leaders love visiting Hidden Pines Ranch in Stillwater, MN, for the annual meal-packing adventure – and for good reason! These happy campers are filled with enthusiasm to serve neighbors in need. They may be small, but their hearts are big, and their energy is boundless. And they sure didn’t let a little rain or some of the hottest days of summer slow them down. In just two days of packing, they packed over 32,000 meals for local food shelves in Minnesota. Thanks, Hidden Pines Ranch! We’ll see you next year!
Earlier this summer a small army of Meals From The Heart volunteer team leaders traveled to three different Medtronic locations to facilitate their popular ThrowdownTM competitive meal-packing events. The locations included the Operational Headquarters in Minneapolis as well as the Rice Creek and Mounds View facilities. Every June, these events align with Medtronic’s Project 6 initiative, a global volunteerism effort in which all employees are encouraged to give back to the communities in which they live.
Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi) hosted its first meal-packing event with Meals From The Heart in 2011. Since then, just about every year LuHi students, faculty, and staff, with the help of other local schools, community groups, and association congregations, packed about 300,000 meals, many of which went directly to food shelves and food pantries in Long Island.
When Deluxe realized how much impact their meal-packing event would have, they asked us to include more of their team. Of course, we said, “No problem.” When they mentioned that their teams were spread across the county, we again said, “No problem.” Then we went to work to make it happen. We hit the road after a little logistical planning (okay, a lot of logistical planning)! Four days in four cities in four states and hundreds of smiling faces later, it was a Roadshow to remember!