Jersey Mike’s Gives Back: Sub Shops Raise Money for Homes in Guatemala at Charity’s Join The Pack
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (April 30, 2019) A team from Jersey Mike's Subs joined hundreds of volunteers last year to help Food For The Poor pack lifesaving meals for starving families in Guatemala. This year, the team is returning to help give those families shelter.
The charity's Join The Pack event is back in South Florida for the fourth straight year. More than 500 volunteers are expected to gather on May 31 and June 1 at Florida Atlantic University's Student Union in Boca Raton to pack 150,000 meals.
Volunteers also are raising money to build nine homes in Sansur, Guatemala, for families in desperate need of safe shelter. Jersey Mike's is on a mission to raise enough to build one of those homes.
For Jersey Mike's employees, Join The Pack is an opportunity to do something hands-on with community volunteers that positively impacts lives, whether it's providing nutritious food to families who would otherwise have nothing to eat or giving them the security of a home with concrete walls, solid floors and a roof that doesn't leak when it rains.
"Packing meals last year was certainly a heartfelt experience for all of us," said Patti Roland, Jersey Mike's Regional Marketing Director.
Fans of Jersey Mike's can help their favorite sub shop reach their fundraising goal to build a home during a special Join The Pack promotion at Jersey Mike's stores in Parkland, Boca Raton and Jupiter.
Here's how it works: Jersey Mike's will distribute donation cards valid for a free regular sub with a $3 donation to Food For The Poor on select days and at select locations.
Those dates and locations are May 23 and May 24 at 7011 N. State Road 7 in Parkland, and on June 4 and 5 at 1200 Yamato Road in Boca Raton and at 5500 Military Trail in Jupiter.
Since 2010, Jersey Mike's locations throughout the country have raised $41 million for charities and local causes. Jersey Mike's founder and CEO, Peter Cancro, has fostered a workplace culture to "make a difference in someone's life," Roland said.
"We are so grateful to work for a company that allows us to personally help those in need and gives us the opportunity to do this daily," Roland said.
In Sansur, Guatemala, 23-year-old Blanca still dreams of a new home where she can keep her three young daughters safe and warm in Guatemala's high-altitude cool winters. She wouldn't have to worry about the rickety roof collapsing in on the shack they share.
"It's very cold," Blanca said. "When it rains, water enters the house. The house is very tiny."
Food For The Poor Executive Director Angel Aloma said generous partners such as Jersey Mike's make the charity's work to help families like Blanca's possible.
"We encourage families to enjoy a meal together at Jersey Mike's on the days of the promotion and make a huge difference," Aloma said. "We are grateful for such a compassionate company, because through their donation, a poor family will have the safety and security of having their own home."
Longtime partners Food For The Poor and Minnesota-based Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit organization that sends prepackaged meals to more than 70 countries, are teaming up for Join The Pack. The partnership, which dates back to 2008, resulted in almost 57 million meals in 2018.
The easy-to-make, easy-to-transport MannaPack meals are an answer to countless prayers. In a place like Guatemala, which suffers from one of the worst rates of chronic malnutrition in the world, the meals are like manna from heaven.
"At schools and orphanages, MannaPack meals are a lifeline for students," said Food For The Poor Vice President Mark Khouri.
Bravo Supermarkets is a presenting sponsor for Join The Pack and is raising funds to build two homes. Davita is a sponsor and is raising funds to build one home.
In addition to Jersey Mike's, other sponsors include Hormel Foods, Florida Aquastore, Sonitrol of Fort Lauderdale, QuestingHound Technology Partners and Goya Foods.
Packing sessions for this year's Join The Pack at Florida Atlantic University's Student Union will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31, for corporate teams and two general sessions from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.
Working in assembly lines, participants do everything from filling the MannaPack bags to weighing the amount of food needed in each meal pack to labeling and boxing the bags for shipment.
Businesses, churches, community groups or individuals can sign up to form fundraising teams.
For more information on Join The Pack, including sponsorship opportunities, call Cassandra Celestin at 954-427-2222 ext. 4020. Or, to register for the event, visit www.JoinThePack.org.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for orphaned or abandoned children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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