Packaging began each day at 10:00 am and continued throughout the day in one-hour sessions until 9:00 pm on Friday. Due to the exceptional turnout on Saturday, the last bag was filled at 4:30 pm, in advance of the originally planned 9:00 pm deadline.
In addition to advance sign-up groups who attended for $25 for an hour, approximately 100 walk-in volunteers paid $1.50 a bag to help pack. Participants ranged in age from 4 to 80 years old and were represented by schools, churches, small groups, Boy Scout Troops and community service organizations.
For the first time for Kids Against Hunger Pleasanton, pre-school volunteers also joined in the fun. With support from Mom's, Dad's and Grandparents who provided guidance, these young helpers did a fantastic job. Those too tiny to pack bags participated by decorating bags with drawings and stickers.
Kids Against Hunger, Pleasanton thanks all of the volunteers who made the event a tremendous success. A special thanks goes out to the event partners, Brentwood Neighborhood Church, Love 4 Our Neighbors, Equus Group and Kids Helping Kids, who promoted the event, helped raise funds and rallied volunteers to participate. Without their help, the event would not have been possible.
Food packaged at the event is scheduled to be picked up for delivery to Haiti at the end of March through Project Handclasp. Project Handclasp is a U.S. Navy program that accepts and transports educational, humanitarian and goodwill material donated by America's private sector on a space-available basis aboard U.S. Navy ships.
Those who are interested in participating in upcoming Kids Against Hunger, Pleasanton packaging events can sign up on the website and pack approximately $30-35 worth of food in an hour for a donation. The next open event will take place on March 5th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the Kids Against Hunger warehouse, located at 1258 H Quarry Lane in Pleasanton.