MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Saturday in Marietta, hundreds of volunteers worked together for a great cause. They called it “100,000 Meals for Washington County” and in just two hours, with 300 volunteers, they packaged that many meals for local food pantries.
The event was put together by the “Outreach Program” from Iowa, who travels around the country packaging meals for communities. They partnered with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Washington county as well.
Three different meals were packaged, including macaroni and cheese, tomato basil pasta and rice and beans. Each table of volunteers was sponsored by a different business, service organization or church.
Stacey Steev helped organize the event, and says this is the perfect time of year for the charity, "This gives us the opportunity to give the food pantries five or six months of food, so that's definitely going to bring them into the spring.”
She adds, “We make sure that there's soy, protein packets [and] dehydrated vegetables so that there's actually nutrition with the meals as well. So if this is something that someone is going to receive, it's a little bit more than just a pasta and a cheese, it's actually got a nutritional value that will get them through the day a little bit longer."
Steev says that 8,880 people in Washington county are experiencing food insecurity.