Volunteers pack meals at the St. Louise de Marillac event April 19 to benefit local food pantries. (Photo provided)

On Sunday, April 19 more than 300 members of St. Louise de Marillac Parish, St. Barbara Parish in Brookfield, Trinity Group, Dominican University and Kohl’s Cares gathered in the St. Louise Colonnade Room to package 25,000 meals for local food pantries in the Brookfield and LaGrange Park area.

The event capped off the Lenten service project of the St. Louise Parish community. The St. Louise de Marillac School Family School Association (FSA) organized the event through Outreach Inc., whose mission is to provide safe water, food, medical care and education to children and those in need at home and abroad.

Throughout the Lenten season, St. Louise School students obtained donations from friends and family and parishioners contributed to the cause. Together with St. Barbara Parish, Trinity Group and Dominican University, the St. Louise Parish community raised  more than $7,000 to fund the purchase of meals.

“We are humbled by the extraordinary generosity of our parish community and volunteer groups,” said Diane Dietz, FSA president. “It feels amazing to be able to help so many people in our local communities.”

Volunteers from the five organizations gathered for the food packing event on April 19.

Helpers worked over the course of two shifts to package all 25,000 meals.

Submitted by St. Louise de Marillac Parish.