Volunteers Pack Meals of Hope for Needy Families in Broward

The Boys & Girls Club of Broward County hosted Meals of Hope, a drive aimed at feeding more than 150,000 local families in need.

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    Dozens of volunteers took part in sorting, measuring and packing food Saturday morning in Pembroke Park. The Boys & Girls Club of Broward County hosted Meals of Hope, a drive aimed at feeding more than 150,000 local families in need. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo has the story. (Published Saturday, Jan 11, 2014)

    Dozens of volunteers took part in sorting, measuring and packing food Saturday morning in Pembroke Park.

    The Boys & Girls Club of Broward County hosted Meals of Hope, a drive aimed at feeding more than 150,000 local families in need.

    "One of our core values is how you give back, that volunteerism," said Brian Quail, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club. "Last year we were proud that our kids did 23,000 hours of volunteer projects in our community."

    Volunteer Pedro Mendez's method of giving back was by showing off his skills. Mendez joined the Boys & Girls Club's culinary program six years ago, and now he's creating recipes that compliment the food families will receive from the drive.

    "We have spinach, beans, garlic, ginger -- really refreshing and full of protein even though it has no actual meat," he said.

    Several other volunteers joined the Boys & Girls Club from places like the Castle Group and other local businesses to prepare the packages. The donations, which will provide six meals for a family of four, will be distributed by the Boys & Girls Club.

    "It's great giving four hours out of your day for someone, for people who need an extra hand," said volunteer John Roy.