The United Way’s food packaging event scheduled for June

Courtesy photo Dozens of volunteers worked together last year to package over 20,000 meals for local food pantries

NASHUA — Organizers plan to package 40,000 meals to feed those in need during the United Way of Greater Nashua’s “Food Security: Days of Caring.”

“The purpose of this event is to engage volunteers from the community in the preparation and distribution of nutritious, easy preparation meals that are used in area food pantries as emergency supplies,” United Way President Mike Apfelberg said. “Our volunteers work as teams to prep these meals in a big, all afternoon event. It’s a fun and engaging volunteer opportunity to really learn how much fun it can be to make a difference in our community.”

Heavy snow in March led organizers to cancel the event at that time. The half-day packaging events are now set as follows:

 1-6 p.m. Tuesday at Girls Inc., 27 Burke St., Nashua; and

 1-6 p.m. Wednesday at Share Outreach, One Columbus Ave., Milford.

When last year’s event produced over 20,000 meals for local shelters, organizers were so pleased that they decided to try to double the output for this year.

Meals such as macaroni and cheese, rice and beans and tomato basil pasta, add-protein meals and such will be packaged and distributed to food pantries, both large and small. Each meal is designed to serve six to eight people, according to Liz Fitzgerald, director of community impact for the United Way.

Local food pantries, she said, are extra busy in the summer months when children are home from school. The sad reality is that many children depend on a free school lunch for nutrition.

“The event is fun, family friendly and energy packed,” United Way representatives added.

Volunteers are still needed for both days, both for set up and packaging. Those interested can sign up at www.volunteergreaternashua.org, can receive additional information by calling 603-882-4011.

Hannah LaClaire can be reached at 594-1243 or hlaclaire@nashuatelegraph.com.