As you have heard and seen the horrific developments in Ukraine, have you wanted to do something to help those who are suffering? Here is your opportunity.

Local non-profit Operation Inasmuch is conducting a food-packing event to put together a quarter of a million nutritious meals for Ukrainian families on Saturday, June 11 at the Expo Center. 1,100 volunteers are needed to complete the project in four 2-hour shifts.

“All the supplies and ingredients have been paid for through the generosity of local individuals and businesses,” says David Crocker, Founder of Operation Inasmuch. “All we need now is people to help.”

This will be an assembly line process of 25 lines with 10 persons per line. Leaders from Operation Inasmuch and Meals of Hope (Naples, FL) will train table captains who will quickly show volunteers how the process goes.

“We’ve done food packing events like this before, many of them around the Knoxville area and elsewhere,” says Crocker, “but nothing close to this size. This will be by far the largest of these events. We are praying people’s desire to help the beleaguered Ukrainians will translate into sufficient volunteers—275/shift! Our desire is this will be a response from Knoxville at large to the suffering of our Ukrainian friends.”

Finished product will be shipped by Convoy of Hope to Poland and, if security permits, to Ukraine itself.

“This is an organization with established warehouses and feeding stations already set up to help the Ukrainians,” says Crocker.

To volunteer go to Volunteers will receive a reminder a week prior to the event. For more information call Operation Inasmuch-865-951-2511 or go to