By Susan Summers and Heike Smith

On Sunday, June 30th, members of Christ Lutheran Vail (CLV) church community and over 220 volunteers worked together during a two hour “Pack-A-Thon” resulting in the assembly of 30,000 pasta meals to be distributed by the ReSources Vail Food Bank.   Sound impossible?  Not when the right set of committed people put their heads and hearts together.

Under the leadership of CLV Pastor, David Hook, church members seized upon this project and raised over $7,500 to cover the cost of the bulk food and materials needed, which were provided through “The Outreach Program” – a nonprofit organization that partners with other nonprofits and businesses to package nutritious meals across the country.   The objective of this Pack-A-Thon was to help resupply the food bank with much needed, easy-to-prepare meals for the summer months when many Vail families struggle to feed children who are not receiving free or reduced-cost meals through the Vail School District.  Mission accomplished!

In addition to the CLV contingent, volunteers represented the local faith community, including a strong showing from St. Rita’s Catholic Church, the Vail School District, Davis-Monthan AFB, and of course, Greater Vail Community Resources, which operates ReSources Vail Food Bank.  Volunteer Connie Plummer, ReSources president, marveled at the entire scene: “The assembly line process used in creating these meals was fascinating to witness, and a lot of fun for participants.   We’re already getting positive feedback from our food bank clients on the quality of the food, which is wonderful to hear.”

The Pack-A-Thon took place at Cienega High School’s dining uditorium during CLV’s normal church service timeframe and required a tremendous amount of organization by CLV Project Chair, Ms. Heike Smith, who noted, “This was an amazing event and a huge success, especially since it was our first attempt at a Pack-A-Thon.  We’re hoping to double the number of meals next year and partner with other churches in the Vail area to support our great community.  Thanks to everyone who participated and to those who donated for this cause.”

If you’d like to be involved in future CLV Pack-A-Thon projects, contact Christ Lutheran Vail church at 520-468-7075, or Heike Smith at 520-286-0271.   If you’d like to become a ReSources volunteer, visit the web site at:  www.resourcesvail.org

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