POP Packathon

Each volunteer helps run a station at the packathon.

This year, the Arcadia Food For Kidz Packathon will be held on March 21. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church started the Packathon in 2015 as a way for the Arcadia community to help alleviate hunger, said Packathon Chairperson Stephen Crofton.

“Over the last six years, the Packathon has proven to be essential, not only in providing necessary assistance to the hungry right here in our neighborhood, but also in building a wonderful sense of community within Arcadia,” said Committee Member Heidi Staudenmaier.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church serves as the focal point for the Packathon, but other neighborhood churches, service, scout and school groups come together for the event.

“It’s a popular event because it is open to everyone from age 3 on up. Volunteers can work individually or as part of a family or other group. The time commitment is less than two hours, and the volunteers have fun while working for a very good cause,” Crofton said.

For more or to sign up: popphoenix.org.

Number of meals packed:

2015: 62,708

2016: 73,296

2017: 91,762

2018: 129,168

2019: 122,046

5-year total: 478,980

The number of volunteers has grown to more than 500 in 2019.