EGHS Senior, Her 'Team' Assemble 5,000 Meals For Local Food Pantries

Rebecca Nunez raised the money and organized a team to put together nutritious meals ... lots of them.

Forty people, lots of foodstuffs, and one hard-working EGHS senior put together 5,000 meals ready for distribution to local food pantries earlier this month.

Senior Rebecca Nunez raised more than $1,500 to buy the items needed for the meals, using the Kids Care model. 

Founded in 2004, Kids Care has been helping communities, schools, places of worship, businesses and service organizations around the country to package nutritious meals, all fortified with soy protein, nutrients and vitamins. Food packages include ingredient-labeling and cooking instructions and are heat sealed to ensure freshness. 

When it came time to put Rebecca's meals together, more than 30 volunteers showed up at the cafeteria to package the meals in a well-oiled assembly line. The group included children as young as 5, EGHS teachers and students, and local families, all willing to pitch in to help end hunger. In just two hours, the group packaged 5,000 meals.         

Now Rebecca is looking for the best places to give the meal to. “I hope local Patch readers can help me determine where this food will do the most good,” she said. 

She said she was grateful to the following organizations for their support: Mattioli Orthodontics, Hair Plus, Erina’s, The Lock Shop, The Tux Shoppe, Royalty Tailoring, Ferocious Eyes, Smiley Eybrow Treading, Hair Mates, Felicia's, Bridge Technical Solutions, and the Greenwich Bay Woman’s Club.· 

Thanks to Jill Stange for information, pictures and video. Do you have a story you think needs telling? Let me know: elizabeth.mcnamara@patch.com. 

Jen C. November 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Good work Rebecca!!
Cheryl O. November 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Impressive, Rebecca! Thank you for caring and organizing this.
Marilyn Kiesel November 19, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Rebecca, what a wonderful undertaking! You certainly are an example of outstanding leadership. It is so good to hear such a positive story about such an outstanding teen. Congratulations to you & the others who supported your project!
Ericka Forman November 19, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Very good work Rebecca and the rest. Right now 67,000 households in RI don't have enough food, this according to Andrew Shift of the Food Bank. (Shift is quoted in the Providence Journal today). He also points out that the SNAP program (food stamps) helps 24% of RI households. These people will be in a great deal of trouble if cuts to the program, currently contained in the Farm Bill, go through. Despite what a lot of folks believe, many of the families on SNAP have someone currently employed. There are also people who are disabled, elderly or laid off from work and unable to find employment. The work these folks did is admirable and they show a kindness and empathy that many people no longer do. Thank you.


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