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4th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal Packing Project

Led by the Harvard Chaplains, religious and nonreligious communities and individuals from across the greater Boston area are coming together to help end hunger in New England. Through a collaboration with EndHungerNE, the team is raising $12,500 to package 50,000 meals for local Boston area food banks. All meals will be packaged on Sunday, November 24 from 12 PM – 6 PM. This event is open to any individual or community who is interested in participating in this day of interfaith service.

As we have done since this start of this annual program, the Boston Atheists will be sending volunteers to help pack meals, meet people from diverse backgrounds, and learn what drives people from various nonreligious and religious perspectives to serve. You can go for an hour, or however long you wish to serve.

Email Zachary Cole at [masked] with any questions!

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  • Ramon

    This year the event was differently organized, so every single volunteer had his/her chance to volunteer there, even for one hour. I was planning to stay for three hours, but in the end, it was fair to everyone. Well done.
    I hope that by the end of the day organizers reached the goal of packing food for as many as 40,000 poor families.

    November 25, 2013

  • sam0831

    It was great, i felt so easy and original, loved it .. yet i couldn't recognize any of you guys because it was my first meetup .. i asked around a bit but by 2:10 pm Ileft ...

    November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't help at an "interfaith" event because the organizers are purposefully excluding people like me, who don't have a faith. I would help if the official title were an "interatheist" event.

    1 · November 18, 2013

    • Stephanie

      This issue came up at the discussion panel over the weekend. It's tough to find a concise term that expresses the idea behind this better than "interfaith." That is, applied generously, "interfaith" represents the common ground sought among groups whose primary distinguishing characteristics (and typical points of contention) are matters of faith, whether different varieties of faith or lack therof. I have a strong impression that the organizers intended it this way, rather than as an exclusion. While I also prefer to differentiate myself as being of non-faith, I think the semantic difficulty posed can be more easily forgiven in a context such as this which actively strives to be inclusive.

      1 · November 18, 2013

  • Dan H.

    This sounds like a great event! But unfortunately I will be out of town next weekend.

    November 16, 2013

  • Greg E.

    This event is on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24, not on October 24! Thanks & hope to see you then!

    October 23, 2013

  • Greg E.

    This event is on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24, not on October 24! Thanks & hope to see you then!

    October 23, 2013

  • Ramon

    I have volunteered for the last two years in this event. It is certainly a good cause and I am glad to be there. I just hope that, at the Quadrangle, that day, they keep the music at the appropriate level so people will be able to talk, not yell at one another.
    Also, if they are still looking for more volunteers, the Boston Volunteers Meet Up group is a good group to contact. They always respond.

    October 18, 2013

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