CL Methodists Pack 100,000 Meals for Haiti

The Salvation Army brought the idea to Crystal Lake in 2007, right after the devastating hurricane in Haiti.

The Salvation Army crowd packing meals in 2007.

The Salvation Army crowd packing meals in 2007.

The old Cub Food store was packed with people from throughout the community.

Upwards of 780,000 meals were packed in sealed bags.

The ingredients in each plastic bag.

The ingredients in each plastic bag.  Kids Around the World out of Rockford runs the program.

Each bag contained enough nutrition for six meals.

Instructions for preparation are on the other side of the bag.

Instructions for preparation are on the other side of the bag.

Just add water and heat.

Three years ago, members of the First United Methodist Church of Crystal Lake decided to dedicate a Sunday morning to the same cause–meals for Haiti.

The main ingredient is rice.

The main ingredient is rice.

Hannah Beardsley Middle School was the site.

Thirty-six bags, containing six meals per bag went into each box.

Thirty-six bags, containing six meals per bag went into each box.

40,000 were packed in 2012.

Rice, protein and vegetables were put in each bag and, then, they were heat sealed and packed in boxes.

Rice, protein and vegetables were put in each bag and, then, they were heat sealed and packed in boxes.

80,000 were packed in 2013.

All ages participated in the event.

All ages participated in the event.

This year the goal was 100,000.

Here's a part of the volunteers.

Here’s part of the volunteers.

The goal was reached.

Pastor Scott Field was part of the rice brigade.

Pastor Scott Field was part of the rice brigade.

The meals cost 25 cents apiece, which meant that $25,000 had to be raised.

Church volunteers signed a big banner saying, "100,000  Meals for Haiti."

Church volunteers signed a big banner saying, “100,000 Meals for Haiti.”

At the end people signed a banner.

Kids Around the World out of Rockford runs the program.


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CL Methodists Pack 100,000 Meals for Haiti — 7 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your 100,000 meals to Haiti.

    God has used the people of your church to feed the hungry in Haiti.

    He definitely will say ” Good and faithful servants to you all.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “If the race id good, so is the place.”

    Yes, by all means send Haiti more meals ….in fact let’s boost its population up another 20 million ….then take them all in under a new amnesty plan. It’ll be so wonderful!

  3. There are hungry people in this county and this country.

    How about thinking about them first?

  4. Late every Sunday afternoon, the Methodist Church in Crystal Lake holds a community dinner. Attendance is not large.

    In addition every Friday 10-11, a truck from the Northern Illinois Food Banks brings 5-6 pallets of food from Jewel, Meier, Walmart, etc., for distribution. (Location will be changed sometime in Sept.) Lots of produce, more bread and dessert products than are taken, last week meat.

    Finally, the third Saturday of the month (this Saturday), a Food Bank truck brings food to our parking lot at Dole and Crystal Lake Avenue.

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