Welcome to the Fourth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal Packing Project!
On Sunday, November 24, 2013, from 12 PM – 6 PM, religious and nonreligious communities, organizations, and individual participants will gather together for a day of packing meals for the hungry in the Greater Boston Area. This event is the latest of a robust series of meal-packing programs that has mobilized thousands of volunteers to fundraise for and package more than 70,000 meals for food-insecure children and write hundreds of letters to elected officials in support of hunger relief. The number of meals packaged at this event has doubled each of the last three years.
The event brings together a diverse group of participants from various religious and nonreligious backgrounds and college campuses across the greater Boston area. It provides an opportunity for facilitated interfaith dialogue, led by Harvard Chaplains and volunteers.
The University Lutheran Church and the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, are just a few of the contributors to the event’s fundraising and organizational success in the past. All donations go directly to End Hunger NE, in support of their goal to end hunger in New England and throughout the Northeast. End Hunger NE provides the supplies and meals for us to package and donate to local food shelves.
Recently, the Greater Boston Area Food Bank Statistic saw a 23% increase in requests for food assistance. In 2010, we packed 10,000 meals, then 20,000 in 2011, and 40,000 in 2012. This year we will increase our packaging output by 23% to 50,000 meals.