The community will come together for the fourth year in a row on June 8 and 9 in an event organized and hosted by the Pura Vida High School Club to pack 150,000 meals for hungry children.

Sharon Knechtle, Pura Vida founder, said, "I am continually amazed and grateful for the outpouring of support from the community to make this important event a success. It is a great opportunity for people to come together to help those less fortunate, and the residents of New Canaan have demonstrated each year that this is a priority."

The club's teen members and parents are seeking volunteers for two-hour shifts from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, in the cafeteria of the New Canaan High School.

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The meals, facilitated by Pura Vida's partner, Feed My Starving Children, will provide food for children suffering from malnutrition. The cost for each meal is just 22 cents, and Pura Vida Club is seeking $33,000 in donations to cover the cost of the meals. A number of student- and parent-initiated fundraisers have been underway throughout the year in support of the event, and additional fundraisers will be taking place in the coming weeks.

Pura Vida Club is the student-led arm of Pura Vida for Children and provides opportunities for high school students to learn about and provide volunteer services for children in need. Pura Vida for Children, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 and based in New Canaan, is dedicated to creating awareness of and funding for the needs of orphaned, impoverished and sex-trafficked children domestically and abroad. Pura Vida mobilizes volunteer and financial resources to meet critical needs for children and teens.

The Pura Vida Club meal packing event is being sponsored by The Bank of New Canaan, Karl Chevrolet, Walter Stewart's and Dr. Gregory Sanford, but additional sponsors are needed.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring families, friends, church or school groups or sports teams to pack meals at the event. Any child aged kindergarten through second grade must be accompanied one-on-one by an adult.

To sign up as a volunteer for the event or make a donation, visit or email Knechtle at For more information, visit