Moretti's partners with Barrington Children's Charities

  • Packs of Plenty volunteers pack meals for children in need at Moretti's Unique Events in Hoffman Estates.

    Packs of Plenty volunteers pack meals for children in need at Moretti's Unique Events in Hoffman Estates. Courtesy of Moretti's Unique Events

 
Submitted by Payal Patel
Posted11/3/2020 2:16 PM

Moretti's is proud to join with Barrington Children's Charities in the launch of its newly branded weekend food distribution program. The new Packs of Plenty (P.O.P.) program is the charity's proprietary program and replaces the charity's former Blessings in a Backpack program.

"We recently made the decision to oversee and manage all elements of our food program. As the number of children in need continues to grow, this change helps us provide more food to children living in food insecure homes," said charity co-founder Darby Hills.

 

The P.O.P. launch includes a logo and branding roll out across all the charity's marketing efforts.

Moretti's will be providing the venue for the food packing and storage at its "Moretti's Unique Events" private party facility in Hoffman Estates.

The banquet kitchen, food storage and staging space at Moretti's Unique Events will enable Barrington Children's Charities' new P.O.P. program to operate efficiently and safely to prepare meal packs for more than 800 participating students, about 3,500 bags per monthly packing session.

Moretti's owners Mark and Jessica Hoffmann are board members with Barrington Children's Charities, and Jessica is a weekly packer with the former "Blessings" packing program.

As the pandemic imposed greater food needs but limitations on volunteer packing, the need for a professional packing and food storage space became urgent.

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With the ongoing need to provide food for our communities' food insecure children, the Moretti's team is proud to step up create a safe space for P.O.P. and its vital mission.

Since 2010, Barrington Children's Charities has provided food packs to food insecure students (on the federal free and reduced-price meal program) living in the Barrington School District 220 area. These children receive food for 38 weekends during the school year.

Additional food support was added this past summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The P.O.P. program will help fill the nutritional gap by providing a pack full of nutritious food for the children to consume each weekend.

"Our volunteers sort and pack over $100,000 in food annually for the more than 800 participating students," says Sue Hyde, P.O.P. program volunteer coordinator.

To learn more about the charity's essential needs programs or to volunteer, visit BarringtonChildrensCharities.com.

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