Families in our community are struggling.

PACK MEALS WITH US! 

Hunger is on the rise due to the pandemic and the economic challenges facing families. Thanks to a generous grant from the Greater Kansas City COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, we’re on our way to packing 233,000 meals for those in need in our community! You and your family can help. 

Our local food pantries are in need of our shelf-stable meal packages – they’ve seen a dramatic increase in demand from families struggling through this challenging time. We’ve committed to packing and distributing 233,000 meals to our neighbors by August 31. Come make a difference and help us meet the grant’s goal of feeding those in need!

Due to the essential nature of food distribution, Something to Eat has been able to adjust its packing program to provide meals under the current COVID-19 CDC and food code guidelines.

A small group, preferably friends or family who are already spending time together, can volunteer for a timeslot to package meals at Youthfront’s Argentine facility, which has been specifically set up for small group meal-packing under the current state guidelines. A Youthfront staff member will maintain social distance to provide instruction, and the packing facility will be fully sanitized between volunteer sessions. The total number of volunteers in the space is capped at 20 for healthy and safety reasons. 

Help us meet this awesome Summer Challenge! Sign up now to pack meals with your family or small group.

2. FUND MEALS FOR FAMILIES

When the grant funds end, the need will not. Consider helping fund additional meals for families we can pack and distribute through the fall. 

A donation of $65 funds a box of meals (with 36 six-serving meal bags, or 216 meals). A donation of $30 funds 100 meals for those in need. Any amount you can contribute to Something to Eat will help us continue the fight against food insecurity. Thank you for joining us in fighting hunger.

3. GET CREATIVE!

Host a “Something to Eat Together” virtual dinner party and invite your friends, family, or extended family to “eat together” online and support Something to Eat! Download our adult and child placemats and conversation cards to have fun together and learn more about ending food insecurity. Your circle of family and friends will be able to donate to Something to Eat and provide meals to families. It’s an easy and impactful way to make a difference and you don’t even have to leave your home to participate!

FAQ for Volunteering

We are set-up to have two small groups packaging at the same time with social distance between the two packing lines. Youthfront is sanitizing the facility and equipment between packing sessions, and one staff member will be onsite to provide instruction while maintaining social distance and wearing a facemask (which is required of all participants).  Youthfront is following the state and CDC guidelines for essential food distribution and all protocols for food safety.

The minimum age to touch food in our packing process is 8 years old. If a child is younger than 8, we welcome their help but they need to be on the part of the line that does not touch food, such as the boxing and labeling sections.

We are limited to 10 volunteers in total, per group. We will ask you to sign a standard release for our meal packing program volunteers and affirm that: 

  • Everyone in the volunteer group has been in regular contact with each other. 
  • No one in the volunteer group has traveled in the last 14 days outside the US or to any designated zones that the state of Kansas has identified as requiring mandatory 14-day quarantine.
  • No one in the volunteer group is knowingly infected or contagious with the COVID-19 virus.
  • No one in the volunteer group has knowingly come in direct contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.
  • No one in the volunteer group has any COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of 100.4 or higher. 

You will pack meals at Youthfront’s facility in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, KS, at 3112 Strong Avenue adjacent to the library.  We have enough space for two packing lines that are socially distanced.  If you would like to package with the entire space to yourself, please contact us to schedule a time. When you register for your timeslot, you’ll receive an email with full instructions and also the contact information for our program staff.

Each packing session, including instruction and cleanup, is one hour. 

Yes, we are asking you to bring your own facemask and wearing one is required. Youthfront will provide hairnets, hand sanitizer, and gloves.

We’d ask that you consider a minimum donation of $30/person per hour of packaging to help cover the cost of the food.  Currently, each donation for packing food is being matched dollar for dollar by a group of local funders through a grant.  If you are not able, we would still welcome your volunteer help. We also are inviting other donors who can’t volunteer to contribute to help sponsor meals.

Our primary meal is Cheesy Rice and Vegetables, consisting of rice, vegetables, soy, 20 essential vitamins and nutrients, and cheese. Because it contains staples like rice, it can be enjoyed in a variety of places all over the world as well as locally. We are also packaging a Mac & Cheese meal, pasta meals, and an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal packet. Meal options depend on availability and what is needed most at the time by the local food pantries. 

Youthfront partners with local food pantries throughout the metro region to distribute meals. We also have national and global partners, such as Convoy of Hope, who can distribute meals beyond Kansas City. Right now, all of our partners are asking for meals and the need is tremendous.

Something to Eat™ was launched by Youthfront nearly a decade ago to give youth and groups an opportunity to serve by feeding the hungry in our community. In that time, youth and other volunteers – schools, churches, businesses – have packed millions of meals for local and global distribution. Something to Eat also offers a curriculum for youth about food insecurity as part of their packing service. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional packing parties for youth are not being held, and instead, we’re offering the opportunity for households and small groups to package meals.