The Rooted program (6th-8th Grade Faith Formation at St. John Neumann Church) works together each year to engage in multiple service projects including our goal to provide 40,000 meals to the hungry and we need your support!

First, we would like to thank all of you who supported these efforts in the past.

  • 2022 – So far we’ve accomplished the following:
    • In March, we packed and shipped 41,286 meals to youth and families struggling throughout the world.
  • 2021 – Though we were not be able to do the food packing we had hoped, we still supported Cross Catholic and the communities they serve through their Box of Joy program (creating 25 gifts for youth). We took a trip to JK Community Farms and harvested over 400 pounds of potatoes for local families.
  • 2020 / 2021 – Most of our fundraising and our food packing events were canceled due to public health concerns caused by the pandemic. Fortunately, due to the amazing support of our community, we were still able to donate $5,000 to Cross Catholic which provided about 20,000 meals to those in need (see below for an article with more details).
  • 2019 – In March of 2019, we were able to pack over 40,000 meals, meet our goal of raising $10,000, and to provide Cross Catholic with a bit extra to support additional meals and shipping costs (see below for pictures).

This year, we again plan to partner with Cross Catholic and pack 40,000 meals which will mostly be sent to communities in Haiti and Guatemala and used for youth and families who do not have enough to eat. For some, this will be their only meal for the day. The cost of food and shipping for this project is around $0.33 per meal…which means we need to raise $13,200 in order to provide this needed service. If we are blessed enough to reach our goal, any extra will either be given to Cross Catholic to cover the cost of additional meals or will go towards other Rooted and Branching Out service efforts to support those in need.


There are many ways for you to show your support!

  • Donate Online – Use the button below (or click here).
  • Pray – Please offer prayers for the Rooted and Branching Out participants and volunteers and for the organization we partner with (such as Cross Catholic) and the many people who they serve!
  • Stay Tuned – We will update here as we further develop our fund raising plans.

Here is an article that was published in our parish bulletin on June 14, 2020!

Here are some pictures from March 2019’s event!