Every year Verrado residents, friends and neighbors embrace the spirit of giving and come together to give hope to hungry children all over the world in a MobilePack event with top-notch charitable organization Feed My Starving Children. In partnership with Summit Community Church, this annual community event reached a significant milestone this year. The one millionth cumulative meal was packed in Verrado by a generous group of volunteers with giant hearts and helping hands.
Feed My Starving Children Verrado 2016
The group exceeded an already audacious goal this year by packing more than 303,000 scientifically formulated meals consisting of rice, soy, vitamins and veggies in the Verrado High School gym. This was achieved with the help of 1,428 ambitious volunteers. The result of their efforts held a resounding impact, 830 malnourished children in Taiwan and the Philippines will be fed for an entire year. At a cost 22 cents a meal, the project was funded entirely by local donations exceeding $66,660.
To make it even more rewarding, these volunteers both big and small had a really great time doing it! With upbeat music rocking the gym (resulting in some pretty sweet volunteer dance moves) and 15 stations competing with one another in good spirit to pack the most boxes, most said they are already looking forward to doing it again next year.
Verrado’s Nature of Giving
Part of the genuine small town charm of Verrado is attributed to the caring nature of its residents. Perhaps it’s the impromptu neighborhood porch parties or the numerous planned community events that brings them together as “One Verrado”, their informal motto. They reinforce this bond with loving community meal trains provided for sick neighbors, looking out for each other’s children, and even an annual Joy of Giving event that provides much needed holiday meals and gifts to more than 5,000 Buckeye families each year.
There are so many ways that these residents give back, so the community even formed The Giving Tree, Verrado to encourage that spirit of giving to flourish through volunteerism and philanthropic initiatives. For example, a group of Verrado residents serve supper the first Thursday of every month at The Phoenix Rescue Mission, and have done this for more than 6 years running. Carpooling there together and bonding over the experience, this effort has also turned many neighbors into lifelong friends.