ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- On a warm and sunny summer day, the hottest place in town on Saturday was at the ONE Project Hunger Project meal packing event at Robbinsville High School. Approximately 2,000 volunteers joined together to do their part in one-hour shifts to pack an estimated 150,000 meals to help combat child hunger.
With a band playing upbeat music, face-painting for children, and coffee and snacks available, the energy was high and the theme of the day was clearly "community."
Stacey Kierman, ONE Project board member, and repeat volunteer, called the event "an incredible day to bring the community together for the community."
As previously reported by TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, ONE Project began six years ago to bring people from all walks of life together to make a difference and tackle food insecurity in the area.
"It's a wonderful thing to do for the community and we can do it together as a family," said Robbinsville resident Shelley Miller who came with her children to participate in the program after hearing about it through social media. Asked what she thought about the non-perishable meal pack of red lentils, dehydrated rice, and pink himalayan salt, she said "it's an extremely healthy meal."
Feeding Children America provides the ingredients for the meals that cost about 25 cents each as well as the supplies and materials for the volunteers. The national organization says they help activate "more projects than days in the year" to combat child hunger.
"The quantity of people," said Kerriann Roe, team leader for the day from Feeding Children America, when asked what set the ONE Project event apart. "What's great is seeing people of all ages from the community impacting people in the community."
The meals were boxed up and ready to be sent off for distribution by the Mercer Street Friends Send Hunger Packing program that works with 29 schools to provide food to approximately 1,300 children in Mercer County.
Anyone who could not attend the Hunger Project event but would still like to support the program can donate online through Facebook at ONE Project NJ and at Eventbrite by clicking here. Checks can be mailed to ONE Project 19 Sven Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691.
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