Packing Sack Meals for The Forgotten Louisville

Packing Sack Meals for The Forgotten Louisville

By: Audrey (and Ella) Smith

We heard that RAK Louisville was working with the Forgotten Louisville to help feed the homeless community. Every Wednesday, they need 50  sack meals, and they ask for two people or groups to sign up to each take 25 sack meals. We decided that our family would sponsor this, and my sister and I did some chores to earn money to buy the items. We were glad to be able to give our time to help feed the hungry.

If you are thinking about signing up, it might seem like an overwhelming task, but it’s simple when you break it down or divide it among your friends. We have our plans written below if you have questions. We also took some pictures, but we were so busy making sandwiches and building the sacks that we forgot to take pictures during the process.

Planning

Before we planned, my mom called Maria with Forgotten Louisville to see where we would drop off the meals and if they were looking for anything specific this week. Maria told her they really need extra water in the hot months, so we decided to take two cases.

The team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

Shopping

We talked about what would be good to include in the sacks. We knew we shouldn’t use anything that would melt or go bad in the heat. And our Mom had us do math to figure out how many of each item we would need to buy. We could have gone to Costco or Sam’s, but Kroger had everything we needed, including small bags of chips and treats.

We shopped the day before we made the sack meals. We picked bananas that were mostly yellow, so they would be ready to eat the next day. We also got white bread for the sandwiches, because it is comforting for many of these people.

Forgotten Louisville street team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

Our shopping list

  • White bread: 3 loaves (we bought 4, but only needed 3)
  • Peanut butter: 1 40-oz jar
  • Grape jelly: 2 17-oz jars
  • Sandwich bags: 25 (we already had these)
  • Bananas: 25
  • Bags of Lays chips: 25 (five 6-packs)
  • Bags of mini Oreos: 25 (two 20-packs)
  • Applesauce cups: 25 (five 6-packs)
  • Spoons: 25
  • *Brown bags, large 8#: 25
    (*We used the larger style of brown bags, so we could fit more items and the bag would be sturdy.)
  • Napkins: 25 (we had these)
  • Water: 2 cases (we delivered in cases, not in the sacks)

 

Making the sandwiches

My mom and I made the sandwiches. Mom thought it was easier to make two or three sandwiches at a time, but I thought it was easier to make one sandwich at a time. Some other tips:

  • Be careful not to squeeze too hard, so you don’t make finger dents.
  • Have 25 sandwich bags opened and ready to go. We stacked in groups of five, alternately, so it was easy to count to 25.
  • Try to keep each sandwich clean (no PB or J on the sides of the crust), so that it is clean to put in each bag.
  • Keep a wet paper towel nearby, so you can wipe the PB&J off of your fingers in between sandwiches.

 

Assembling the sacks

  • Open all the cases and boxes.
  • Carefully break each banana off the bunch, so you don’t accidentally peel them.
  • Figure out the best way to build your sacks, and organize everything in that order.
  • Double check each bag to make sure all of the items are in there.
  • If you write anything on the bag (like PB&J), make sure it is low enough to be read after you fold the top of the bag.
  • Have a big box or several bags to transport the meals. Three meals fit in each plastic Kroger bag, which made it easier for my sister and I to carry than a big box.

 

Dropping off the meals

We packed the car with the two cases of water, 25 sack meals and a bag with extra sandwiches of leftover ingredients. We went with our parents to drop off in front of the UofL rowing club. There were a lot of people already waiting for hot food. The Forgotten Louisville street team planned to take the sack meals out to hungry people who didn’t make it to the drop off location.

Snow Day RAK Louisville Challenge

Snow Day RAK Louisville Challenge

Wow. An unexpected snow day! I don’t know about you but I love snow days.
In between making plans with friends and catching up on school work, how about making some breakfast burritos for the Louisville Burrito Riders.
The recipe is simple and making 1 batch of burritos will be a great way to get the family, friends and neighbors involved. Not much cooking – just scrambling eggs and warming up the beans. Otherwise, all you are doing is assembling.

Most of you know about the Burrito Riders – they ride their bikes every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, deliver breakfast burritos to anyone who is hungry and build relationships over a period of time.
You can message them on Facebook or via email and they will pick up or you can drop off. Or, you can message us and we will pick it up. You can make them pretty much anytime and just freeze them.

This has to be the easiest way to serve!

Here is the recipe:
SUPPLIES NEEDED:
• 2 packages large (at least 10″) flour tortillas
• 1 dozen eggs
• 3 cans of black beans (15 oz)
• 20oz of mild salsa
• 12oz shredded cheddar cheese
• 4 cups cooked rice
• Aluminum foil to wrap the burritos
• 2 tsp cumin
• 2 tsp garlic powder

DIRECTIONS
1. Warm the black beans over medium heat. Add the cumin and garlic. Drain the excess liquid.
2. Scramble the eggs. Salt and Pepper to taste
3. Prepare the rice according to package directions
4. Combine rice, beans, salsa and eggs in a large contained. Stir it in gently until it is all mixed.

FOLDING THE BURRITO
1. On a large tortilla, place 1 cup mixture in the middle. Fold each end and roll the burrito to close.
2. Wrap the burrito with aluminum foil.
Here is a link to a video that shows the best way to assemble and fold the burrito:

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RAK from Miss Carla: Coats for the Needy when the temps drop

RAK from Miss Carla: Coats for the Needy when the temps drop

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Today in Louisville, everyone is talking about how cold it is going to get. Most people are talking about maybe there will be no school and there will be ice.

Our friend, Miss Carla, took the opportunity to do a great and thoughtful RAK. She went out and bought coats to give to people who don’t have a warm coat. How cool is that? She bought coats and then, took them to Wayside Christian Mission. They will be working hard to meet the needs of people who need help when the weather gets really cold.

I think that this is a great RAK in helping our city.

Good job Miss Carla.

In Kindness,

Andrew

Start someone’s day off right. Take them a fun breakfast!

Start someone’s day off right. Take them a fun breakfast!

 

 

This is something really easy to do to start someone’s day. They will surely have a great day if someone surprised them first thing in the morning! With Breakfast. Donuts!!!!

We went to Heitzman’s Bakery and got a dozen beautiful looking glazed donuts. (You can go anywhere. We went to Heitzman’s because it was close).

I took it back home and put a bow on it and then slowly walked it over to a neighbor’s house. We don’t know them very well but they have kids and they always seem friendly. I went over there and rang the doorbell. Their dog started to bark and I quickly ran away so they did not see me. I had to hide behind the big tree in our yard as they came out to look.

It was really exciting. I hope that they got the treats and had them for breakfast!!

 

 

Starting off – I was RAK-ed before I could even do anything

Starting off – I was RAK-ed before I could even do anything

So, my mom and I were shopping for mechanical pencils in Walmart. I wanted to tell my friends about the RAK Louisville project and then give them a mechanical pencil to kick it off in my class.

This man (who was shopping for folders in the same aisle), comes up to us and hands me $5 – and tells me, “I really like that idea. Here is some money to help pay for the pencils”. And then he walks away. I was really shocked. He must have overheard me talking to my mom or Dad. I told him Thank You so many times! Wow.

 

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