October 11th Packing Event Registration!

To Sign-Up for our event simply click here.

We ask for:

  1. Your Name
  2. Your Phone Number
  3. Your Email Address (if you have one)
  4. What time slot you'd like to volunteer for
    1. 8:00-10:30 (Full)
    2. 11:00-1:30 (Full)
    3. 2:00-4:30
In the past Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley has suggested a financial donation to help us pack. This has covered the food, supplies and shipping the packaged food to those in need - here in the Verde Valley or in Haiti. For our October 11th event we aren't requiring a cash donation to volunteer, but we would still appreciate your contribution.

Please print, sign, and bring this Waiver with you on event day!
If you would like some additional training please feel free to watch these two videos for line leaders and packers.

Check out this video from Kids Against Hunger on how to pack.

Check out this video from Outreach on our all new, 100% local distribution!

To read more about our packing event click here, or read the previous post on the Verde Independent article.

We look forward to seeing you on October 11th!
-Kids Against Hunger Verde Valley


Check out our Verde Independent Article: Kids Against Hunger plans 250,000-meal packaging event Oct. 11

Kids Against Hunger plans 250,000-meal packaging event Oct. 11
Since its first event in April 2011, VV Kids Against Hunger has packaged 576,088 meals, the majority of which have been sent to combat childhood starvation in Haiti.  Approximately 15 percent of the meals are distributed locally in the Verde Valley.
Since its first event in April 2011, VV Kids Against Hunger has packaged 576,088 meals, the majority of which have been sent to combat childhood starvation in Haiti.  Approximately 15 percent of the meals are distributed locally in the Verde Valley.
COTTONWOOD -- Manzanita Outreach/Verde Valley Kids Against Hunger will have its most ambitious food-packaging event ever later this year.

Kids Against Hunger once again will partner with the community to package 250,000 meals in a day-long event at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds Oct. 11.

Since its first event in April 2011, VV Kids Against Hunger has packaged 576,088 meals, the majority of which have been sent to combat childhood starvation in Haiti.

Approximately 15 percent of the meals are distributed locally in the Verde Valley.

At the Oct. 11 event, Kids Against Hunger will continue to package its standard product for Haiti distribution, but the organization also will package a new meal product that will be distributed 100 percent locally.

Manzanita Outreach Board President Bob Shimko said, "We are very excited to now have the ability to package and distribute a food product designed specifically to address local needs.  The community support we have received has allowed us to achieve amazing results in Haiti.  However, we realize that there is a need right here at home and we know that the people of the Verde Valley are generous, compassionate, and committed to helping as needed.  We would like everyone to come out on October 11th to make a difference."

Shimko said Kids Against Hunger is now accepting $1,000 sponsorships for its Oct. 11 event.

The tax-deductible sponsorships will pay for the costs of the food supplies that will be packaged at the Oct. 11 event and will allow community members, clubs and organizations to participate in the event for free.

Individuals and companies who want to purchase tax-deductible sponsorships can do so by contacting Karen at 928-649-5772 or Bob at 928-300-3513.  

To read the original story, click here.


A Message from Josh in Haiti About the Blessing of Having a Solar Generator

      This is a message received from Josh in Haiti, who distributes KAH-Verde Valley's food, that we just had to share with you:
      "You do not know me; however, I and the people I live around have been very blessed by what you have done for us.  My name is Josh Rustin; and I live in Gonaives, Haiti - in the neighborhood where the solar generator you donated was sent.  I was the person that Kim and Karen initially contacted about whether or not we could use the generator; and as soon as they mentioned i,t there was no doubt in my mind as to where it was needed.  Around the time that they first emailed me, we had been working on the completion of a new medical clinic building.  Unfortunately, the city does not run electricity out to our neighborhood; so our options for power up until that point were fairly limited - namely, we have to run a generator whenever we need electricity.  As you can imagine, that's not the most ideal situation when you are running a clinic.  Apart from the laborious nature of having to go crank the generator every time it was needed, we were also looking at a significant portion of the monthly budget having to be put towards fuel.  The nurses that run the clinic do an incredible job of organizing funds and ensuring that the money they have stretches as far as possible in providing medical care to the people in the neighborhood.
      At the time, the thought of having to sink part of their budget into fuel was, I guess you would call it, a necessary evil.  If possible, we would obviously prefer putting the fuel money towards direct medical assistance; but at the same time, it was necessary to buy fuel so as to provide good medical assistance.  Thus, you can imagine our joy when we first heard about the solar generator.  The timing of it all worked out beautifully.  The first email came as we were having to discuss power options; and then it arrived right before the clinic opened.  It now sits on top of the clinic soaking up the blazing Haiti sun and giving the clinic all the power they need every day.  It is often difficult to operate day-to-day clinic functions via a gas-powered generator because it's too expensive to run it continuously.  Thus, you have to put off anything that requires electricity until it's on and then complete all electric-needy projects at once.
       I say that to hopefully paint a picture of how great it is to have a solar powered generator that provides electricity 24/7. The way it enables the clinic to not only run better in the day-to-day functions but also the money it saves on fuel is truly an enormous gift to helping the clinic make an impact in the neighborhood.  I don't think I can fully communicate the ways in which having power and not worrying about fuel costs makes a difference in allowing the medical staff to do what they love and to do it well.
      As an aside, I mention one other way it is going to be used.  Prior to the clinic being built, we had been working on a neighborhood garden; but our biggest hindrance thus far had been water.  We had tried a couple different methods of getting water; but none of them were effective - until the solar powered generator arrived.  We will now be able to pump water into a water drum that's placed on the roof of the clinic and then allow that water to irrigate the garden.  Obviously, water is a big deal to a garden; so it makes me pretty excited that we've figured out a way to do it well.
      I tell you all of that in hopes of not only letting you know how the generator is being used but also so that you may get an inkling of how beautiful of a gift it has been to us.  I'm not sure of what all you had to go through to get it all the way to Haiti; but I'm guessing that it wasn't easy.  I would like you to know that down here there are many people that you've never met that are impacted every day by your effort to do something like send a generator.  Some of those people know who you are but many of them don't.  It's kinda cool how that all works.  All of that to say, thank you Julia. You have done more for what happens here than you know and for that we can only be grateful."
      We also want to give a special thanks to Kim, Karen, Jaime, Sgt. Salter and the U.S. Air Force, Reese, Dan and Debra Jones, and everyone at Orca Communications, as well as Julia at ExTreme ReTrailers, LLC. 


Paid In Full Workers Help KAH

          Kids Against Hunger--Verde Valley was in dire need of help to pack up the remaining bulk food product that they had, otherwise we would have had to throw some of it awa, as it would not have withstood the summer heat sitting in the warehouse over the summer.  Director Karen Freeman put out a last-minute cry for help, and the youth of Verde Valley Christian Church and their leaders stepped up to the plate.
         On June 6th, over 35 kids and their leaders, during what is called "Paid in Full" week, donated their time and their efforts to pack 14,472 meals for the starving kids in Haiti, along with the majority of the food going to local food banks and hungry families here in Yavapai County. Thanks to VVCC's Pastor of Student Ministries Matt Shires especially for allowing his kids to serve the Lord by serving others less fortunate then themselves. The philosophy of Paid in Full is performing work projects in the community providing free labor as well as free materials to demonstrate Christ's example of paying our debt in full.  These kids had worked outside in the heat all week, and this packing day was the last day of camp. Even though it was "toasty" in our building to say the least, these high schoolers all had a great attitude and worked hard for several hours packing over two pallets of food.  Thank you all, including those of you on the KAH team who were willing to step in at the last minute to carry the load!
        There was still a need to finish up the rest of our bulk soy; and the younger kids, also of VVCC, came to the rescue on June 10th.  Doug Bridge, VVCC's Pastor of Family Ministries, brought his summer interns to serve as part of their Young Timothy Interns programHe had also put out the call to any kid over 8 years old from our Sunday school to come help; and some of those kids showed up, along with more KAH adult volunteers who willingly came to help us pack. Once again we had 3 teams who altogether packed up every last scoop of soy -- to the total of 37 boxes or over 8,000 meals for the hungry.
        In less than a week, VVCC youth teams and KAH team members and volunteers therefore packed a total of over 22,472 meals for the hungry.  Not only will it bless all those who will receive much-needed food; but  it especially blessed Karen, who only had to ask and everyone said yes, rearranged their schedules and came and met the need.   Thank you and bless you all for your hard work. May He bless you all one hundredfold

in return!