One in five residents of Pinellas County go hungry every day, many of them children. In an effort to help alleviate this need, Meals of Hope Clearwater will hold its fourth annual food pack from 9 to 11 am Saturday April 2 at the Religious Community Services food bank warehouse, 700 Druid Road, Clearwater, FL 33756.
MOH Clearwater is a collaboration of six Episcopal churches in the Clearwater deanery that works with other community organizations to put on the food pack. Using an assembly-line system developed by Naples-based Meals of Hope (meals-of-hope.org), and gathering together hundreds of volunteers of all ages, the pack will yield more than 80,000 servings of mac and cheese in just a few hours to music by a DJ. Each meal packet contains 12 grams of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals and has a long shelf life. The packets are distributed by RCS, which operates the county’s largest food bank.
The need is great. More than 50% of students in the Pinellas public schools participate in the free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch programs, a reflection of the scope of food insecurity in the county.