Taking a Huge Bite out of Hunger
Community Outreach Day, Saturday, November 12th
Hunger Resource Network, UL and Feed6 collaborating to supply local pantries and soup kitchens with 50K meals and 126K pounds of chicken
Northbrook, Ill., Nov. 2, 2016 – Hunger Resource Network (HRN), UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and Feed6 will prepare and distribute 50K meals and 126K pounds of chicken (the protein portion of 252K meals) to more than 100 Chicago-area food pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens on Saturday, November12th from 7 am to 2pm at UL headquarters in Northbrook.
Over 340 community volunteers will be involved to take a huge bite out of hunger. More than 240 UL employee volunteers will pack nutritious macaroni and cheese meals from Feed6 and another 100 volunteers from local neighborhoods, organizations and businesses will distribute the chicken provided by HRN to representatives of the 100 food banks that come to the event to pick up their share. To honor our veterans on this Veterans’ Day weekend, they will be supplying many agencies that ensure our veterans are fed. Please note that no meals or chicken will be distributed directly to individuals.
This Community Outreach Day is the 8th sponsored by Hunger Resource Network over the past several years and the first done in collaboration with UL and Feed6. The event is made possible in part by the hospitality of UL in allowing HRN to use their headquarters’ campus as the distribution point.
HRN, UL and Feed6 share a common goal to help alleviate hunger in our communities. They are also passionate about providing nutritious meals to those in need. This is why Hunger Resource Network purchases protein in the form of frozen chicken to distribute and Feed6 includes many vitamins and nutrients in its meal packages.
“With the help of our core volunteers, and the support of our generous partners and sponsors,” said Bill Kanatas, co-founder of Feed6, “we are proud to have been involved in packing nearly 2.9M nutritious meals that benefited local food agencies. We are proud of our new partnership with Hunger Resource Network and look forward to making a dent in hunger together here in Illinois.”
Hunger continues to be a significant problem in our communities: one of every eight people in America (13% of the population) are food-insecure, the need is great. While the 126K pounds of chicken and 50K meal packs seems significant, this food distribution fills no more than a two-week need in our local communities.
“Every day, we hear about people who are hungry, but you don’t have to go to a third world country to see hunger,” said Dan Jariabka, President of Hunger Resource Network. “Hunger is everywhere! It’s in our communities and in our neighborhoods today and it will continue to be here tomorrow, unless we choose to make a difference. It’s why Hunger Resource Network is here. I’m honored to be associated with HRN directors and volunteers, and grateful for their desire to help those in need. Join us and let’s do this together!”
About Hunger Resource Network
Founded in April 2009, the mission of Hunger Resource Network is to aid in the alleviation of hunger by helping meet the needs of food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. It does this by coordinating the procurement and distribution of food to those in need through community outreach events and through partnerships with vendors at local Farmers’ Markets. Since its inception, Hunger Resource Network has distributed more than 1 million pounds of food to those in need. Visit the Hunger Resource Network website at hungerresourcenetwork.org to learn more about their endeavors and partnership opportunities.
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Founded several years ago in the Chicago area, Feed6 is a movement of hunger activists and volunteers committed to nutritionally supporting local hungry and food insecure children, families, seniors, and veterans. Over the years Feed6 has attracted dozens of corporations, congregations, civic organizations, and schools as sponsors – and tens of thousands of volunteers – to package and distribute over 2.8 million nutritious meals to neighbors. All of Feed6’s work has been in partnership with the internationally respected 501C3 charity, Outreach (www.outreachprogram.org), which has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating – and been specifically honored at the White House by two US Presidents. Since its inception in 2004, Outreach has provided nearly 300 million meals to those in need across the planet. You can learn even more about Feed6 and view an array of event videos on its site: http://www.feed6.org/.
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