UMs pack 300K meals for 200K Reasons in 2015

Hunger Logo - FINALBy Amy Forbus

The 200,000 Reasons initiative to fight childhood hunger includes United Methodists of Arkansas getting involved in feeding ministries, public witness and education for long-term stability. One popular aspect of the feeding ministries component has been the “Feed the Funnel Party” option offered by northwest Arkansas-based nonprofit The Pack Shack (

By partnering with The Pack Shack, United Methodists across Arkansas packed 322,616 meals at events during 2015.

More than 15 different United Methodist congregations, plus Ingathering at the Arkansas Rice Depot, Camp Tanako in Hot Springs and Philander Smith College in Little Rock, hosted meal packing parties last year to stock area food pantries with The Pack Shack’s nutritious meals.

Jarod Ring, co-founder and COO of The Pack Shack, called the United Methodist involvement in feeding ministries “amazing” in an email message to the Arkansas Conference.

“I truly believe we will blow these numbers out of the water in 2016 and look forward to partnering again with churches across the state to be the hands and feet of Christ and serve our neighbors in need,” he said.