SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A church group in Spartanburg gathered on Saturday to prepare meals for hungry elementary school children.
About 80 volunteers from St. John’s Lutheran Church packed more than 21,000 meals Saturday at the Spartanburg Parish Life Center. The meal was described as an “oatmeal and cinnamon breakfast” in a press release.
“It’s a wonderful way to serve our community in a very concrete way. Working together also creates camaraderie between members of our church and the community,” according to Frank Rudisill, of St. John’s Lutheran Church Outreach Committee.
Volunteers picked up, weighed, sealed and wrapped packets of oatmeal as the sound of a gong in the background marked milestones towards the goal of making 20,000 meals, which they surpassed.
A veritable assembly line of volunteers packaged the “fortified” oatmeal to donate to local Spartanburg TOTAL Ministries nonprofit ministries and Backpack Buddies, a school program that sends food home with Pine children Street Elementary / Mary A. Wright Elementary.
“It also strengthens the church’s relationship with the community as they donate thousands of meals that will actually help their neighbors and hungry families all around the church,” said Brad Fleming, director of Harvest Pack, an organization non-profit. relief organization that provided meal ingredients, packing supplies and project management.
The church’s outreach team organized the event with help from Harvest Pack, according to a Harvest Pack press release.