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Feed the Hunger Packathon planned in Katy

January 21, 2019

Volunteers who donate two hours to participate in the upcoming Feed the Hunger Packathon in Katy can provide enough food to feed one child for a school year, according to Regina Alexander, Packthon coordinator.

Feed the Hunger is partnering with Katy-area churches for the third community-wide Packathon Feb. 28-March 2 at The Pavilion, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy. This year’s goal is 1 million meals to feed the hungry in Katy, in Kentucky and in Haiti and south India, said Alexander, who began her leadership role with the North Carolina-based nonprofit about a year ago. “I volunteered several times before becoming the Packathon director for the Houston area.”

While this year’s Packathon will be only in Katy, Alexander said the hope is to be able to replicate Packathons throughout the Houston area. “They picked Katy because they had connections with a local church, The Fellowship, and wanted to expand Feed the Hunger further west,” said Alexander.

Compassion Katy organized the first Packathon in November 2016 with three churches, including The Fellowship and packed 625,000 meals. The Fellowship’s Glenn Lerich, missions and evangelism pastor, helped to introduce the program to the Katy area. Last May, The Fellowship served as the sole site for a Packthon and packed about 250,000 meals.

“We have 200 stations with 25 people at each station,” said Alexander, explaining how the Katy Packathon is organized. “We need volunteers. We need corporations. We need corporate funding. We need the community as a whole to come together.”

The cost is $56 per volunteer for a two-hour session and a full 25-member team costs $1,400. Alexander said the money pays for the supplies that will be used for the Packathon. Visit www.feedthehunger.org/Katy for information or contact Alexander at regina@feedthehunger.org. Ages 5 and older are welcome as volunteers.

“The packages include dry uncooked rice, hydrogenated beans, vegetables and vitamins,” said Alexander. “It’s all packaged dry and sealed so it can be shipped throughout the United States and globally. Locally, Katy Christian Ministries will be receiving over 17,000 meals.”

Alexander will be part of a March mission to deliver meal packages to Kentucky. Feed the Hunger was started by J.L. and Patt Williams 50 years ago and their family continues to operate the nonprofit. She said the first mission was to Mexico in August 1968.

Feed the Hunger has seen increased need in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Michael and Florence. “It gets discouraging,” said Alexander, “but we have hope in Christ that he will provide and meet the physical and spiritual needs, which is why we need the support of the community to continue to meet those needs.”

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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