Cole NeSmith, executive director of the Creative City Project, has issued a rallying call to artists in the community to help Haiti.

Orlando Artists Adding 7,500 Emergency Meals to Container Headed to Haiti

Robert Andrescik Haiti, News

PHOTO: Cole NeSmith, executive director of the Creative City Project, is issuing a rallying call to Orlando’s artists to help Haiti.

What: Artists packaging emergency meals for Haiti.

Where: Creative City Project, downtown Orlando, tent on Orange Ave.

When: Saturday, October 15, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.


Artists attending the Creative City Project in downtown Orlando this Saturday will have an opportunity to show once again that Orlando isn’t just a creative city, but one that cares. That’s because organizers of the beloved annual festival are partnering with Feeding Children Everywhere to package 7,500 emergency meals for Haiti.

“We’re not just a creative city, we’re a caring city. When tragedy strikes, we come together to help. The way we came together after the Pulse tragedy reminded us of that truth,” says Cole NeSmith, executive director of the Creative City Project.

Now he’s issuing a rallying call to participants to package meals for Haiti: “You’re going to have a night of incredible creative encounters. How about taking 30 minutes to help bring relief to the people of Haiti?” he implores.

Meal packaging will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue throughout the evening, as volunteers roll up their sleeves, don hairnets and pack meals assembly line style outdoors in a tent on Orange Ave.

Space at the meal packaging event is limited and signup is available at

Up to 25,000 people are expected to attend the Creative City Project, which will feature 1,000 participating artists and performers. Started in 2012 with a budget of just $3,000 and an idea, the festival has become one of Orlando’s premiere events, helping residents have a deeper sense of connection to the city.

Similarly, Feeding Children Everywhere began in 2010 around a family’s dining room table with a simple idea. To date, the organization has mobilized nearly 400,000 volunteers to package more than 58 million meals for hungry people around the world, helping them play a hands-on role in the fight against hunger

The meal packaging event happening at the Creative City Project is part of a larger effort to send a container of 330,000 meals to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, the worst natural disaster to strike the Caribbean nation since the earthquake of 2010.

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