Meals For A Million
Meals for a Million is a community-wide food packing event that invites volunteers to help prepare non-perishable meal pouches for distribution throughout Missouri. This year, Meals for a Million’s goal is to make an impact in St. Louis and its surrounding areas by feeding the hungry. Hunger affects thousands of Missourians, with an average of one in five people not knowing where their next meal will come from.
The second annual food packing event will take place on August 25 and 26, 2018 at the St. Charles Family Arena. Last year, volunteers packed over 660,000 meals with only 1,400 community volunteers after raising nearly $148,000. This year, Meals for a Million hopes to bring in 5,000 volunteers and to raise $250,000 in order to reach the goal of packing one million meals.
“We want to do something for our community. There’s such a need right here in the St. Louis area, and we knew that we could make a difference,” said Sam Rowley, founder of Beraka Ministries. “2018 is going to be something special. We are excited about you guys joining us to make an impact in our community.”
There are many ways to get involved this year. Meals for a Million is seeking individual donors and business sponsors to help make this event possible. For corporate sponsors, Meals for a Million offers four sponsorship levels that include incentives and perks ranging from a logo listing on the event t-shirts to guest speaker and media interview opportunities.
“Maybe you’re a small business owner and you know that you get requests for assistance or donations all the time. This is an opportunity for you as a business owner, for you and your organization to make a big impact in St. Louis with others here in this community. We’re asking people to take a risk, to make an investment, and to see what we can do together,” said Richard Biesiadecki, pastor.
Anyone can donate individually by visiting the Meals for a Million website and clicking “Serve.” In addition, Meals for a Million now offers a Text to Give option, where donors can give a one time or recurring gift by texting M4MSTL to 41444.
To volunteer at the event, sign up for a two-hour shift or choose to serve all weekend by visiting the Meals for a Million website and clicking Serve. There is a $30 suggested donation per individual. This event is family friendly, perfect for children, teens and adults of all ages. Additionally, reserve a table of 8-10 for an excellent team bonding or group service opportunity.
For more information about how to donate, sponsor or volunteer, visit mealsforamillion.com.