Hope City Church packs 40,000 meals for local families in need

With the current pandemic, the hundreds of volunteers wore gloves, masks and hair nets to ensure a safe event.
Hope City Church

JOPLIN, Mo. – For the past four years, Hope City Church has come together to make meals for families in need.

Travis Keller is taking part for the very first time.

“It’s amazing I mean it just shows the spirit of Joplin, were so community oriented, it’s just amazing to see everybody do that.”

He embraced the role as table leader directing groups of volunteers on how much to pack and put into each box.

“I mean why not it’s a great time, great event, and just to help out the community.”

This year, Hope City Church teamed up with Meals of Hope and Watered Gardens, packaging 40,000 meals that will be distributed to the hungry in the Joplin area and surrounding communities.

“We are able to get, it’s really a macaroni and cheese type meal, and for those that give throughout the year they support those meals with canned goods and other items that really create a basket for these families and we’re excited. The group we partner with that gives us all the supplies, that we purchase, they come in and set up and they really help make this happen” said Lead Pastor, Cody Walker.

With the current pandemic, the hundreds of volunteers wore gloves, masks and hair nets to ensure a safe event.

“It’s a little different this year but we’ve got several hundreds of people who come and groups of about ten around each table that make those meals happen and the packing take place” added Walker.

And the effort put on by Hope City was more important this year than ever.

“We feel it I mean everybody has been struggling this year and this is something we can do to invest in our community and give back it’s an incredible feeling” said Walker.

Watered Gardens will be receiving the packages and distributing them around to those in need.