Recently Oak Lawn Hometown Middle hosted their 4th Annual Feed6 Meal Packaging event. More than 100 participants fought the cold weather to support the District 123 community. Participants included students, staff, and alumni.
“It was amazing to see students, community members, and people from all different backgrounds coming together and working side by side to help others,” said Heather McCarthy.
The fundraiser raised a total of $3,928.18 and during the two-hour Saturday event was able to package 14,000 meals. This week will begin the distribution process, Heather McCarthy and her team will be making deliveries to local food pantries, various shelters, and families in need. If anyone would like to volunteer for the distribution, they can contact McCarthy can get them supplies.
Feed6 currently organizes meal packaging events throughout the midwest in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. Volunteers come together to package nutritional meals of macaroni and cheese fortified with soy and vitamins – many multiples more nutritious than popular brands available in the supermarket. Each plastic package our volunteers lovingly create can feed 6 children. These meals are distributed locally through food banks to the the hungry here in local communities.
n 2011, Bill Kanatas, one of the Feed6 founders, attended a 100,000 meal packaging event held by the Rotary Club in Ft. Myers, Florida, where he learned about the food hunger epidemic that faced the United States. Kanatas partnered with longtime friend and collaborator Chris Coyne, and co-founded feed6 where today he lectures at schools, educating children about food insecurity and organizing meal packaging events that support our hungry neighbors.
According to Feed6, 17 million children in the United States are at risk of hunger. The organization tabs that number at one of four children just in the US. Internationally, the statistics may be more troubling with 16,000 children dying every day from hunger related causes according to the organization.
The organization is heavily reliant on organizations, such as District 123, because 100 children can be fed for the cost of $25 and one or two hours of volunteer time. The organization had a goal this year of packaging 500,000 meals.
The Oak Lawn Kiwanis were also in attendance to help pack meals for the less fortunate. Dr. Enderle, former superintendent Dr. Paz, and District 218’s principal and superintendent also participated.