7th Annual Bedford Rotary MEALS for KIDS Event


Submitted by the Rotary Club of Bedford

Editor’s Note: Saturday, April 27, 2019 ~ Middlesex Community College, Bedford ~ 9 to 11 am or 12 noon to 2 pm

The community is invited to join the Bedford Rotary’s seventh annual MEALS for KIDS food packaging event.  Help us feed the world’s hungry in partnership with RISE AGAINST HUNGER, along with 300 of your friends and neighbors, members of 4 Rotary Clubs, and over 100 employees from Anika Therapeutics and BAE Systems.

It is a joyous event with hundreds of people working together to make it all happen.  Join us on Saturday, April 27, for one of two shifts – 9:00 to 11:00 AM or 12:00 to 2:00 PM.  Or, if you can, come at 9:00 and stay until 2:00.

Register yourself or your group to participate at www.bedfordmarotary.org.   Middlesex Community College (MCC), 591 Springs Rd. in Bedford, generously hosts this event annually.

Major donations from Anika Therapeutics and BAE Systems, fundraisers by Flatbread and Ken’s Deli, and numerous donations from individuals pay for the ingredients and packaging materials provided by RISE AGAINST HUNGER, an international hunger relief organization.  On Friday evening, March 26, stop in at Ken’s Deli, 72, Great Road in Bedford, to enjoy a meal and drinks.  Ken’s will donate a percentage of everything sold that night to Bedford Rotary’s MEALS for KIDS event.

Nutritious ingredients of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, flavorings, and 21 vitamins and minerals are combined in packages sized to feed a family of six.  These meals are shipped to hungry school children in some of the poorest developing countries.  They provide a daily lunch that allows the children to stay in school for the entire day to address more fully their nutritional and educational needs.

This year, through contributions and fundraisers, the Bedford Rotary, will raise $17,000 to package 50,000 meals – bringing the total meals packaged over 7 years to nearly 420,000 meals – well on our way to half a million meals for the world’s most vulnerable populations!

Also, on Saturday, April 27, the day of the meal-packaging event, the Bedford Rotary will be collecting items for the MCC Food Pantry.  A large percentage of college students across the nation do not have enough funds to eat regularly.  Over 40% of MCC students often go hungry with no idea where their next meal will come.   Please bring with you nutritious canned fruit or vegetables, easy-to-prepare rice or pasta dishes, healthy snack items, and/or personal care products—toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, hair conditioner, lotions, sanitary products for women, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, or similar items to donate to MCC’s Food Pantry.

Every year, participants rave about how much they enjoyed working together to package the meals.  Whole families work side-by-side with neighbors and colleagues to make this happen. This community event of camaraderie shared effort, and generosity of spirit embodies the Rotary’s mission “to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace”.


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