Platte Woods UMC is partnering with Liberty and Excelsior Springs United Methodist Churches to pack 80,000 meals on one Saturday. More than 600 volunteers will come together to provide nutritious meals that will be distributed to starving children in Rwanda and locally in the Kansas City area through Harvesters.
Numana volunteers have packaged over 37 million meals from coast to coast with the help of over 197,000 volunteers since 2009, and they welcome people from all ages and backgrounds. This is a hands-on project in which almost any age or skill level can participate.
If you’ve participated in a meal packing event before, you know it’s a time where families, friends, Sunday School classes and others come together to bring needed nutrition to people around the world and in our community. This is also an opportunity for youth to earn community service hours for school while learning more about the needs around hunger in the metro.
How Can I Help?
Volunteers are critical to the success of any packing event. Fortunately, there’s a job for nearly everyone! Kids as young as preschool can have fun decorating boxes and compacting bags of food. There are plenty of “sitting” jobs for people who have mobility issues or who cannot stand for long periods. Please consider signing up for one or more one-hour shifts with your family, your friends, your small group or others you know who are not part of the church but would like to serve: this is open to all!
Did you know that 30 cents is all it takes to pay for one nutritious meal that will help to feed a family?
For $30, you can supply 100 meals … for $65, you can provide an entire case of meals that will provide 216 meals!
Super Volunteers Needed! During our Numana Food Packing Event on September 30, a special group of volunteers from Platte Woods, Liberty & Excelsior Springs UM Churches will serve as “Green Shirts.” These volunteers work at the event starting at 8 a.m., with training and setup. During the food packing, they perform critical roles such as keeping tables stocked with food and training new table volunteers every hour. Because PWUMC is hosting the event this year, we are responsible for providing 20 of these Super Volunteers! If you can help, please contact Jennifer Simms, director of Missions.