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Values in Action: Thanksgiving Meal-packing

This November, the Humanist Community at Harvard, through its Values in Action program, is partnering with the Boston Interfaith Campus Coalition and Kids Care to package meals for the food insecure in Massachusetts.

We'll be sorting, weighing, and packaging food from noon-6 PM at 59 Shepard Street in Cambridge; stay for as little or as long as you'd like -- help is needed all day. This is a great all-ages event (bring kids!) and a wonderful way to put your/humanistic values into action with the whole family.

The Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts notes that in 2010, 10.8 percent of households were food insecure. This is the highest rate recorded in the Commonwealth since this data was first collected in 1995, according to the Project Bread website.

This year, we'll be joining members of the HCH and other secular community groups in coming together around our shared value of service, to package more meals than ever -- 40,000 -- in time for Thanksgiving. In order for the project to succeed, a total of $10,000 (that's 25 cents per meal!) needs to be raised. Please consider making a donation to this important cause. If you choose to send in a donation, please write "VIA event" in the "special instructions" box when you send your contribution in via PayPal. Donate via www.harvardhumanist.org. Checks can be written to "Outreach, Inc. - Kids Care" and given to any member of the HCH staff.

All of the money goes to Kids Care for the cost of food.

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  • David E.

    It was very uplifting to see so many people helping out for a good cause. Great job to everyone who organized and helped out.

    November 19, 2012

  • Ann

    Nicely organized. Lots of friendly people.

    November 18, 2012

  • Nancy B.

    I TRIED TO GO AND FOUND THERE WAS NO 59 SHEPARD ST. THE ONE THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN IT WAS LOCKED UP.

    November 18, 2012

    • Ann

      I'm so sorry that you couldn't find it. My GPS brought me there, although I needed the help of the bright pink chalk arrows on the sidewalk that said "Food Packin'". 59 SHepard is a huge building, but it's tucked inside the Radcliffe Quad. I didn't know this, but I walked around and asked and followed the arrows. It was a nice time. When I left at 3:00, they had raised $7000 of the $10,000 that they need to cover the cost of the food.

      November 18, 2012

  • Daniel

    late reply -- i'll be there.

    November 18, 2012

  • Zachary B.

    May I do this pro-active thing and ask -- has anyone else donated? I just sent in $50 on behalf of the BA; how are we doing otherwise to pitch in?

    November 16, 2012

    • David E.

      Sadly the only thing I can donate is my time to help with the packing this year.

      November 16, 2012

    • Gabriel M

      I have not yet donated. I was intending to bring a donation the event and hand it off to any member of the HCH staff, though a more careful reading of the event implies that I might not be able to do that. If I bring a check on Sunday will it be too late?

      November 17, 2012

  • Zachary B.

    The event is most definitely at 59 Shepard.

    November 16, 2012

  • David E.

    I would like to know as well. I am new here so, I really don't know anyone yet, want to make sure I am going to the right place.

    November 16, 2012

  • Ann

    Hi...I'm looking forward to helping at this event. The description Says 5 Shepard St, but the heading indicates 59 Shepard St. Does anyone know which is correct?

    November 15, 2012

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