The Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Concord have teamed up to pack meals for the hungry and food insecure right here in Massachusetts.  Many don't realize that fully 33% of adults in MA were food insecure in 2022, and that number jumps to 62% when looking at adults in the Latin community.  Food pantries are seeing unprecedented demand due to COVID, the end of COVID-era benefits, and now high inflation.  No one should have to choose between paying for rent, medications or food. 

The Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Concord have their sights set on Saturday, April 27th. That’s this year’s date for the clubs’ next meal packaging effort aimed at addressing food insecurity locally and beyond.

This year, we’re partnered with Meals of Hope, a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) that is committed to bringing people together to fight the hunger epidemic. Originating in Southwest Florida, and now with its New England base in Chelmsford, Meals of Hope has packed more than 80 million meals that have been donated to communities across the country and in countries worldwide.

Also, this year, we’re grateful to Middlesex Community College for welcoming us back to their campus, where many of our pre-pandemic meal packaging events were held. In their Campus Center cafeteria, packaging teams of more than 100 volunteer packagers will devote two hours on Saturday, April 27th, to preparing up to 50,000 meals.

Planning is underway, and there will be more to tell, so keep an eye on this website.

Hope for the Hungry

Food InsecurityIt’s more than someone feeling hungry. It’s the struggle that up to one-third of Massachusetts residents face when they don’t know how they’ll get their next meal or how they’ll feed their family. It’s a struggle between choosing food or paying the costs of housing, utilities, medical care, transportation, or other necessities.

The Bedford and Concord Rotary Clubs and Meals of Hope want to make that choice easier. With the financial support of sponsors and individuals and the physical support of volunteer packagers, the thousands of packaged meals that will be put together on Saturday, April 27th, will be given, free, to local food banks and food pantries in our area.