Meal Packing Event gets strong community support

Oct 28, 2019
Midcoast Interact Club members helped out at the West Bay Rotary meal-packing event Oct. 26.

Camden — West Bay Rotary was hoping to have 75 volunteers pack 25,000 meals in two hours on Saturday, Oct. 26. What actually happened was that 121 volunteers packed 25,728 meals in 70 minutes. In fact, the Elks Lodge in Rockland was completely cleaned up and the meals were on their way to food pantries less than two hours after the event started.

A total of 134 boxes were packed and distributed: 20 boxes to Salvation Army, 60 boxes to AIO Food Pantry in Rockland, 52 boxes to Bread for the Journey Food Pantry in Warren, and two boxes to Camden Area Christian Food Pantry. Many of the boxes taken to the food pantries in Rockland and Warren will be distributed to other local food pantries.

The mission of Meals of Hope is “Communities coming together to end hunger.” They have developed five meals with added vitamins, minerals, and proteins to supplement an unbalanced diet. The cost is 25 cents per meal. West Bay Rotary committed a portion of the money needed and raised the rest of the money through donations from club members, other Rotary clubs and members of the community who donated by check or by credit card on their website.

West Bay Rotary can be reached at For club information or to make a donation, go to For information about upcoming events, visit

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