Meals Challenge Update & Donation Request:
COVID-19 has presented a lot of challenges to our usual plans for the 2021 Rutland Meals Challenge and we have had to cancel our in-person fundraiser events for the foreseeable future. But we are still holding a very special 2020 fundraiser to provide more meals for our local food shelves!
Outreach Program Inc is the organization that we usually buy our supplies for our January packing event. They have been working with a small team of volunteers in its warehouse space in Pembroke, MA to assemble meals. Since March, this small but mighty crew has packaged almost 2 million meals. The finished meals available for delivery using a network of volunteers and service clubs at a cost of $65 per carton.
We are hoping to raise $3,000 to secure a delivery for the Vermont Food Bank so our local partners like BROC Food Shelf, Community Cupboard, Fair Haven Concerned, Salvation Army and others can receive the product for free. All of our local pantries have experienced increased demand and lower donations because of the pandemic and food shortages this spring.
Please donate what you can through the Facebook fundraiser. If you prefer to pay with check, please make check payable to "Good Shepherd Lutheran Church" with "Rutland Meals Challenge" on the memo line and mail to 6 Church Hill Rd, Rutland, VT 05701.
THANK YOU for your continued support in the fight against hunger in our community!