Families in our community are struggling.
PACK MEALS WITH US!
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. You can assist by packing Something to Eat’s nutritious meal varieties for distribution to food pantries in our community.
A small group of 10 or less, 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.
A suggested donation of $30/person per hour you plan to pack meals is suggested to assist with the cost of the meals.
Want to see what a family packing session looks like? Click here for a 1-minute video!
2. FUND MEALS FOR FAMILIES
Support volunteers by covering the costs of meal packaging. Every dollar makes a difference and just $30 can provide 100 meals for those in need. Your gifts will go directly – and quickly – to meet the immediate need in our community.
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.