Food Packing Event
Packing day for our Lenten Parish Mission is finally here! Thanks to your generosity, we raised enough money to meet our 2020 goal of feeding 100,000 people by packing 20,000 nutritious meal packs. Now we’re ready to assemble the meals and ship them to Burkina Faso, a poor country in West Africa where 1 out of 5 people experience food insecurity.
Each meal we pack will feed 4-6 people and will be shipped to the vulnerable people of Burkina Faso. An estimated 3.3 million Burkinabae are experiencing acute food insecurity due to war and Islamic extremism, compounded by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is more than a 50% increase since the last assessment in March, when it was predicted that 2 million would be facing food insecurity in September. Programs like CRS Helping Hands/Rise Against Hunger are essential in providing food assistance in the hardest hit regions, which would likely be in even more dire straits without such humanitarian support.
We will be following CDC guidelines for this event. Social distancing with limited capacity will be observed. Gloves and sanitizers will be provided. All volunteers must bring and wear their own CDC recommended masks for the ENTIRE DURATION of the meal packing event. In addition, volunteers must sign the participation and COVID-19 waivers and a media release.
We are counting on your help to make this event a successful one. Please register to serve at the packing event on Saturday, October 10. All those ages 10 and up are welcome. Spaces are limited and registration will not be available on the day of the event.
If you are part of a vulnerable population, we invite you to participate by offering prayerful support in lieu of physically volunteering at this time.
Thank you again for your generous support of time and treasure! May God bless you for your generosity and concern for our poor brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso. Please feel free to contact Lisa Orosa with any questions and concerns.