The Harvest Pack volunteer event Sunday, November 13, 2016 brought our community together for a great cause with a big impact. Volunteers of all ages enjoyed giving an hour of their time to participate in the day of service dedicated to the Year of Mercy.
The meals from Harvest Pack include carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins that are easily digestible. The Basilica team packed two types of meals including one of rice and lentils and one of oatmeal with cinnamon and sugar.
Over the course of three hours, 184 volunteers packed a total of 30,400 meals. A little more than half of the meals packed will be shipped to the Philippines. The meals will help feed families working through life skills and job training programs.
The other half of the meals packed were donated to Community Emergency Services in Minneapolis for their East African Food program. The pallet that Basilica volunteers packed will help feed families for three months.
Thank you to everyone who helped with this event including our parishioners, the St. Vincent de Paul ministry who funded the project, and Harvest Pack who helped coordinate the packing event!