Toledo Area Ministries announces 100,000 meals packing event

Posted Feb 10th, 2015 by Helene Sheets  Category: Community Interest


Toledo Area Ministries (TAM) and the Toledo Lucas County Hunger Task Force have pledged to raise $25,000 to package “100,000 Meals for Northwest Ohio” on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Now they need your help to make it happen! The daylong event will start at 9 a.m. at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

This marks the second time the agencies have offered this outreach event. “Our goal this year is to package 100,000 meals. To do so, we need to raise $25,000 in donations to cover the cost,” says TAM community connections director Donnajean Stockmaster. “It is our hope that with the help of generous donors and volunteers who accept the challenge, northwest Ohio can indeed provide 100,000 meals to those in need.”

A total of 75 volunteers are needed for each two-hour shift. The shifts begin at 9 a.m. with the last shift ending approximately at 5 p.m. After the meals are packaged, they will be distributed by Toledo Seagate Food Bank to their member agencies in northwest Ohio.

The public is encouraged to donate funds online at www.tamohio.org. Please specify “100,000 Meals” when making your donation. Donations are also being accepted through the Lourdes University Office of Mission & Ministry at 419-824-3861.

Sponsored by Lourdes University, the institution’s Office of Mission & Ministry is coordinating volunteers for the outreach project. “The Lourdes community is excited to assist with this project. It aligns so well with our Franciscan values of community, learning, reverence and service and our commitment to civic engagement,” says director of campus ministry Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF.

Those wishing to volunteer their time can sign up online at www.lourdes.edu/campusministry.

The “100,000 Meals for Northwest Ohio” outreach event is made possible by TAM, Toledo Lucas County Hunger Task Force, Lourdes University and a host of community sponsors.

For further information, contact Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF, at bvano@lourdes.edu or 419-824-3861.

Toledo Area Ministries has been engaging local congregations, church leaders, community organizations and people of good will in meeting human needs, creating community and working for justice for over 127 years. The TAM Feed Your Neighbor Ministry has been a network of 12 food pantries for over 39 years, serving those who are hungry and in need of emergency food assistance in the Toledo area. In 2013, approximately 68,500 people received enough food ingredients for three meals a day for three days for a total of 616,500 meals!

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