By Sally Pearsall Ericson,
July 26, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama — This Sunday, participants in the 67th annual meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference will partner with Outreach Inc. to assemble and pack 20,000 meals to donate to Bay Area Food Bank.

The community event is called the SLC/Mark Norris Campaign Against Hunger project. Outreach Inc., a nonprofit, will set up an assembly line in the east/west ballroom at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center so that volunteers can assemble a macaroni and cheese meal, according to Mary Candace Vegliacich of the Bay Area Food Bank.

The volunteers will start at 9:30 a.m. and are expected to finish up about 11 a.m. It takes about 120 volunteers to complete 20,000 meals, she said.

Outreach Inc. is a project partner with the conference, and holds food packaging events all over the country, Vegliacich said. This is the first time that the food bank has partnered with Outreach Inc.

UPS has volunteered to deliver the assembled meals to the food bank, she said. The assembled meals, known as shelf-stable items, will be stored at the food bank in preparation for disaster relief, or when a storm threatens the area.

More than 1,100 delegates, legislative staff and guests are expected to attend the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, which is composed of the presiding officers and key legislators from 15 Southern states. Alabama’s speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, is chair of the organization.

The Alabama host committee of the SLC has planned a full-blown Mardi Gras parade at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Mobile to welcome the visitors.

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