I hope you will join me and others and attend the food packing event on March 13 at Pequannock Valley Middle School, 493 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains. Visit GOHnj.org to register for setting up on March 21 or a 1 1/2 hour shift on March 22. You are welcome to sign up for both things and you can also sign up for two shifts to pack.
Grains of Hope is a collection of local organizations fighting poverty locally and globally by raising money and packaging nutritious meals for the New Jersey Food Bank and for Haiti. Last year we packaged 153,618 meals giving two-thirds of the meals to Haiti and one third to the New Jersey Food Bank. To date we have packaged over a half million meals in the last four years.
What does this mean for Good Shepherd? Basically, we need to raise money to help fund the cost of the products put in the bags. $250 buys 1000 meals. The money needs to be raised by the end of January. Once again we will be "selling" gift cards. These cards say "I made a donation to Grains of Hope in your honor which will provide nutritious meals for the hungry." These cards can be put in Christmas cards or as presents on their own. They will be available starting in mid-November.
This year the packing event will be March 13th, 2016 at Pequannock's middle school. More information about the actual event will follow but keep in mind, it's an amazing event: hundreds of volunteers, young and old, packing bags of food in two hour shifts. Mark your calendars to save the date. If you would like more information about grains of hope, visit gohnj.org on the web.
One further note, the Grains of Hope Committee, which is made up of representatives of all the organizations participating, is going to be selling tickets to the musical Shrek, at the Rhino Theater in Pompton Lakes on December 4. It's a fun show for adults and children. I'll have more details soon. The money raised from this event will also be used to buy product to be packed in March. Susan L.