Our Food Program had a BIG year! In fact, 2021 was our largest year yet! This year held the launch of our domestic meal, Cheesy Lentils and Rice. This new blend offers a protein and vitamin-rich meal specific for local distribution. Between Serv@Home and Gather2Serv events, we served alongside 29,000 volunteers and partners to pack 7.5 million meals. Over 5 million of those meals were shipped to our ministry partners in 12 different countries overseas and over 2 million meals were distributed to local food pantries and shelters throughout the U.S.
For one of the events, we had the honor of teaming up with the 9/11 Day Foundation for their September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Event. Thousands of volunteers in four different cities partnered with us to honor those who served by serving others. Through this incredible event, we packed over 800,000 meals to help local communities struggling with food insecurity.
The food program continues to be a strong element of our ministry both here and abroad. With the continuation of lockdowns, natural disasters, and supply shortages, hunger relief is still a heightened priority.