Dozens of people came out to the Bonners Ferry High School tonight as the local chapter of the FFA organized and hosted a Meal Packing Event through Meals of Hope. Together we packed around 10,000 meals for our local community! In all, with donated meal packs, the program provided 11,500 servings of food.
At Meals of Hope, it is the up most importance that the food goes where it is intended. This means, the food packed within a community will stay within that community unless instructed otherwise.
The Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter organized this meal packing event with the goal of ending food insecurity in Boundary County. Food packed tonight
will be distributed to ensure kids have adequate food resources at home and added to the BoCo bags for Spring Break. Additionally, food will be given to several area food banks as well as to fill the gap left when kids age out of the BoCo Backpack program, which ends after the sixth grade. Teachers at the Middle and High schools will have the meals to discreetly hand out to students they recognize as needing nutrition.
Each bag holds the nutritional equivalent of six servings of food. The two types of food focused on at this event included Fortified Macaroni and Cheese: macaroni, soy protein, 21 vitamins and minerals, and a packet of cheese sauce, and Fortified Cinnamon Sugar, Diced Apples Oatmeal: whole grain rolled oats, dried apples, vitamins and minerals, and cinnamon sugar.
A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers who came out tonight, especially the Bonners Ferry FFA Chapter for organizing and hosting the event, Hope House, the Rotary Club of Bonners Ferry, the Lions Club and all the other volunteers that just came and helped.