Volunteers from the Charlotte community joined St. Matthew Catholic Church and Elevation Church to pack one million meals in one weekend for hungry children and their families in the greater Charlotte area, Nicaragua, and Haiti through a local nonprofit, Servants With a Heart. The Million Meal Weekend, July 8-10, 2016 also marked the packing of the ten millionth meal for Servants With a Heart.
“We love that many who have volunteered with us since we started in 2011 can partner with such great churches to make a worldwide impact, and reach a milestone for our nonprofit,” state Servants With a Heart founders Suzanne and Jeffrey Yoh.
The easily packaged, highly nutritious food will be distributed to impoverished and undernourished families in Nicaragua, Haiti and Charlotte via feeding programs and food banks, with roughly 100,000 meals remaining in the local area. "We try to provide a wide range of food through our three Common Cupboard food pantries. The food this amazing grassroots organization provides has helped us immeasurably to further our service to hungry families in our community," says Keith Adams, Executive Director, Common Heart in Indian Trail, North Carolina.
Nicaragua and Haiti are the two poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. “Delivering this food to trash dumps in Nicaragua is an eye-opening experience and we have seen great changes in children after just six months of consistent feeding,” asserts Dedrick Brown of Servants With a Heart partner Samaritans International of Waxhaw. Mark Creasser, one of the Haiti World Hunger Drive coordinators from St. Matthew Catholic Church explains, “The Servants With a Heart meals are an important part of the nutrition for hundreds of people in Cap Haitien, especially the children who often eat only one meal per day. The Missionaries of the Poor distribute the meals to over 600 families who count on them. During disaster relief, they are easy to distribute and welcomed by all.”
More than 7500 volunteers packed food during the weekend at five locations throughout Charlotte, including St. Matthew Catholic Church and Elevation campuses in Blakeney, University City, Matthews (Butler HS), and Concord (JM Robinson HS).