In an assembly line production of scooping, measuring, pouring, sealing and sorting; volunteers packed 7,000 meals in their first half hour of work, Phil Harris announced in the Faith Bible Chapel parking lot.
In two hours, 200 volunteers from …
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In an assembly line production of scooping, measuring, pouring, sealing and sorting; volunteers packed 7,000 meals in their first half hour of work, Phil Harris announced in the Faith Bible Chapel parking lot.In two hours, 200 volunteers from across the Denver area and as young as four years old packed about 50,000 meals for starving people locally and abroad at the church in Arvada.It’s a great opportunity to give a contribution,” Lori Schwartz said about why she, her husband and son volunteered.One-third of the meals packed will stay in the Denver area and the other two-thirds will go to Haiti.The event was organized by Dream Dinners Friends & Family Community Connection.Dream Dinners sells meal packages for families with easy assembly to provide homemade-style meals for busy families. The nonprofit arm of the company is Friends & Family Community Connection to provide nutritious meals to those who are suffering from starvation. The meals packed Saturday for such a cause include rice, proteins, vitamins and dehydrated vegetables.“All of these meals are designed to reverse the effects of starvation,” explained Jim Eddy, Wheat Ridge Dream Dinners franchise co-owner.A similar event was held in Wheat Ridge a year ago, the number of volunteers and donations prompted them to repeat the event this year in Arvada.Carol Hail was among the volunteers this past Saturday, she also volunteers at the Arvada Food Bank and said feeding people is important work.“Especially children,” Hail said, “and nutrition … it’s something that is easy to to do — it’s a great cause.”In an announcement to volunteers as they packed food, Harris held up a different pack of food — one assembled entirely in Haiti. Harris, director of FFCC, said the organization has been working with farmers in Haiti to create a sustainable food source.“It’s not enough to give the country a fish, we need to teach them how to fish,” Harris said in the announcement.He noted that farming provides many support jobs like cleaning the produce and transporting it to market — bolstering the local economy as well as feeding the country. He said it costs about 25 cents to make the meals volunteers in Arvada were packing Saturday.“That 25 cents goes so much further there than our 25 cents here,” Harris said.He said Haiti is in dire straits for food because of the earthquake seven years ago then Hurricane Matthew last fall.“They’re just hammered continually,” Harris said.The 16,000 meals packed on Saturday that will stay locally will go to the Action Center’s Prosperity Project, which helps individuals in need transition into housing and break the cycle of generational poverty, according to a press release.For more information on Dream Dinners, visit www.dreamdinners.com and to learn more about FFCC, go to www.ffccsd.org.
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