Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students and staff participated in a “food packing party” held at First United Methodist Church located at 200 East 6th St. on Sunday, November 22. The church’s goals were to package and box 15,000 meals in two hours and donate them to local food pantries to address hunger in Jefferson County.
The event exceeded its goal by approximately 1,000 meals. The UAPB Food Pantry received a donation of 10 boxes with 35 packages per box after the event. The packaged meals consisted of rice, soy protein and dehydrated vegetables, and were labeled with ingredients and preparation instructions.
First United Methodist hosted the event in coordination with The Pack Shack, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight hunger and root causes of poverty by getting people together to pack delicious healthy, easy-to-prepare meals that are given to hunger relief groups in the communities in which their “FEED THE FUNNEL” parties take place.
The meetings consists of a well-organized assembly line of volunteers that assemble the ingredients, weigh the packages for consistency, seal the packages and finally pack meals in boxes. Volunteers work in a party-style atmosphere with music and periodic announcements of progress made toward the goal.
The UAPB Student Food Pantry officially opened for service in February 2015. It is a signature project and community service activity of the Collegiate 4-H Club and the (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) MANRRS Club. All students enrolled at the university are eligible to use the pantry. For more information contact advisors, Rita D. Conley at 870-575-8368, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Teki Winston at 870-575-8538, email@example.com.