Community members came together this week to fight the issue of food insecurity.
Sixty-four volunteers with the Springfield Board of Realtors packed just shy of 28,000 meals in assembly line style in about two hours on Wednesday night at Fellowship Christian Church in Springfield.
The event was held in partnership with Pack Shack, a nationwide organization that seeks to increase awareness about hunger issues in communities, provide food to nonprofits and get people involved in doing so.
“We bring people together for crazy fun, ‘feed the funnel’ parties to pack thousands of delicious, healthy meals for neighbors in need,” said Pack Shack Party Operations Manager, Chase Perkins.
Last year, the Pack Shack packed up close to eight million meals across the country.
Perkins said food insecurity means individuals don’t know where their next meal will come from. He said it’s a problem that touches all levels of the community.
“Ohio is one of the worst when it comes to food insecurity,” he said. “Here in Clark County, there are over 21,000 people who are food insecure.”
Susan Burk with Coldwell Banker Heritage and the Springfield Board of Realtors said the meals will go out to different food banks and families in the area.
The meals are ready-made and cost about 25 cents each. Burk said the money toward the cause was donated by local affiliates and realtors on the board.
A big component of the meals is that they are also nutritious.
A message on the Pack Shack’s website says, “Every one of our delicious recipes provides at least 10 grams of protein per serving and includes 19 essential vitamins and minerals.”
Many of the meals will go toward Second Harvest Food Bank, which services those in need in Clark, Champaign and Logan counties.