Volunteers band together to Feed the Need

1 Comment 📅September 2nd, 2011, 14:47
Chris Moore, executive chef, and Jason Bourgoyne, Director of Operations, supervise the packing of the final meals. The goal of 1 million meals was reached around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Chris Moore, executive chef, and Jason Bourgoyne, Director of Operations, supervise the packing of the final meals. The goal of 1 million meals was reached around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Recently I have been powerfully reminded that we live in the Volunteer State. This weekend, we had a constant stream of volunteers come through the doors of the Convention Center to help package meals for the hungry both in our region and in the horn of Africa as part of Feed the Need 2011.

Our executive chef here at the Convention Center Chris Moore helped organize the packaging of a total of 1 million meals in two days with the help of thousands of community members. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, shifts of 300 volunteers gathered every two hours in our exhibit hall to package meals for the needy.  The food was donated by the organization Kids Against Hunger.

“The idea came to me after having done a similar project with Kids Against Hunger. We packaged 60,000 meals in four hours,” Moore said. “The experience was incredibly rewarding, but I still felt called to do something bigger.”

Originally, Kids Against Hunger promised to donate food for 300,000 to 400,000 meals, but later allocated food for an incredible 1 million meals! A total of 900,000 of the packaged meals will be sent to Africa for distribution in the refugee camps. The remaining 100,000 meals were cooked for those in need right here in Knoxville.

Each meal contains six ingredients specially designed to revitalize malnourished bodies:

  • Rice
  • Dehydrated vegetable mix
  • Soy-protein powder
  • Vitamin powder
  • Mineral powder
  • Vegetarian “chicken” flavoring

The dehydrated ingredients will be sent in cargo ships to Africa. Upon the arrival, the ingredients will be hydrated, mixed together and cooked to create something similar to chicken and rice stew. Moore describes the concoction as “surprisingly very tasty.”

In addition to the meal packing initiative, volunteers and guests brought canned goods to donate to Second Harvest.

Feed the Need 2011 coincided with the first-ever Worship in the City, a Christian-music concert event. The two events were united, but separate. Feed the Need 2011 is a service project supported by the city of Knoxville and free of religious affiliation. It simply seeks to help those most in need in our community and around the world.

Chris Moore and everyone here at the Convention Center is so grateful for the wonderful volunteers that offered their time and support. If you want to find out more about Kids against Hunger and how to get involved, visit http://kidsagainsthunger.org.

The Process

The raw food materials came in large sacks. These sacks were hauled around by volunteers to replenish the four main ingredient boxes at the food packaging stations.

The raw food materials came in large sacks. These sacks were hauled around by volunteers to replenish the four main ingredient boxes at the food packaging stations.

The four main ingredients were funneled into a one-meal bag using an assembly line of volunteers.

The four main ingredients were funneled into a one-meal bag using an assembly line of volunteers.

 

The bags were then sealed.

Each box contained 6 meals. Once the diagram on the table was full, the meals were placed into the boxes for shipping.

Each box contained 6 meals. Once the diagram on the table was full, the meals were placed into the boxes for shipping.

 

 

 

Comments 1

  1. cmmoxley
    cmmoxley says: October 20th 2011, 21:12

    Awesome job, Chef Moore and Mary! We at Moxley Carmichael are so proud of you guys.

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