On Wednesday, September 19, our space was transformed into 6 busy meal packing stations where 50 volunteers came together to pack 10,000 meals in just 2 hours! Mighty Spark Food Co. and Kids Against Hunger brought in all the supplies needed to pack these healthy, well-balanced meals that will be donated to local food bank, Ruby’s Pantry.
With music blaring and energy in the air, volunteers from 7-50 years old worked in sync to efficiently pack meal by meal. The line started with the four nutritious ingredients that make up the meal; long-grain rice, vitamin fortified crushed soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamin/mineral powder. Ingredients were scooped into a bag through a standing funnel. Then, the bags were weighed, sealed and packaged. Each station got into their own rhythm to most effectively package as many meals as possible!
More than 15 million children under 18 in the U.S. live in households where they are unable to consistently access nutritious food necessary to live. Impact Hub was proud to partner with Mighty Spark and Kids Against Hunger to help feed hungry kids.
More about Mighty Spark: Founded in 2010 by then college student Nick Beste with a stand at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, Mighty Spark is an independent company on a quest to disrupt the meat and snack aisles with remarkable food that does good, one meal at a time. For each purchase of Mighty Spark’s small-batch meat, they provide a meal to a child in need. Thanks to the support of consumers, they have donated more than 1 million meals in 2017 and are on track to donate millions more! https://mightysparkfood.com
More about Kids Against Hunger: Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian organization with a mission to provide fully nutritious food to impoverished children and families around the world… and around the corner. The goal of the organization is for the meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation or food insecurity to self-sufficiency. https://kidsagainsthunger.org
More about Ruby’s Pantry: Ruby’s Pantry holds Pop-Up Pantry’s in a number of locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin every month. Ruby’s Pantry is faith-based and is organized and hosted by a group of volunteers from a local church. A Pop-Up Pantry is held either at the church location or at a site easily accessible for guests. https://www.rubyspantry.org