The Outreach Program is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation that organizes food packaging events around the country. With more than 675 million meals packaged to date, the organization’s mission is to provide safe water, food, medical care, and education to those in need, at home and abroad. For more information on our programs visit: www.outreachprogram.org\
Would you like to volunteer to package meals at our warehouse (203 Oak Street, Pembroke, MA, awning #7)? Just click the button above to sign up for a time.
Directions: Turn off Oak Street onto Pembroke Woods Drive, take an immediate right into the parking area for 201-205 Oak St, and park around back or at the far end of the building.
People who arrive together serve next to each other on 10 assembly lines...half of each team works the food bins and half weighs, seals, and boxes the meals.
Who do we work with...
Lutherans, Businesses, the United Way, Schools, Non-profits, United Methodists, Rotarians, Food Banks, Episcopalians, and Congregationalists have each fed over a million. Catholics will be the next group to hit that threshold.
Before the pandemic, we had hit a 20-year low for food insecurity: 1 in 7 American kids were going to bed hungry (1 in 5 in Maine!), while 1 in 9 people on the planet were. We have fed 41 million so far, a record 4 million in 2020. 48% of our meals are packaged for Greater Boston pantries (meals end up in the same area where the funding comes from). By comparison, 12% are for Worcester County and Western MA and 40% are for the other 5 New England states.
At the start of the pandemic, food-insecurity went up 146% in America, 150% in New England, 163% in Massachusetts, and between 168-182% in half of the counties in the commonwealth…to a level higher than when we started ending local hunger. All 7 of those counties were in Greater Boston.
Things have been improving.
2011: 2 million hungry New Englanders,
2019: 1.4 million,
2020: 2.1 million,
2021: 1.7 million,
Now: 1.45 million.
Meet the Admin
In 2009, my wife, our 3 and 5-year-old children, and I were living in Northern Minnesota near my in-laws. I was a Lutheran pastor and Heidi was an elementary school teacher. A colleague of mine I had met in passing at a conference gave us a trip to Virginia after discovering how much school debt we were still in 13 years into our marriage (her husband was a doctor at the Mayo Clinic and they were
... more oo busy to go, but everything was already paid for). A few days into our first vacation in 5 years, Heidi woke up and said, “We need to move to New England.”
So I called the bishop and told her about the dream. She placed me at a church in Quincy. Heidi couldn’t find a teaching job, so she started to write. She is now an author, among other things (HeidiMartinHealing.com). The proceeds from her children’s book, novel, and other work feed more hungry New Englanders.
During the first 18 months of my call, our synod went through a process called Doing What Matters and then challenged us to “go where love leads and serve where love calls”. At the time (June 2011), 1 in 4 American kids were going to bed hungry (1 in 3 in Maine!), while 1 in 7 people on the planet were. I had done world hunger work for 17 years.
Now I’ve been the meal packaging guy for 12 years. We have partnered with 87 different kinds of groups throughout the region, feeding those who hunger in their neighborhoods. less