We are again going to pack meals for Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). The difference between this meal-packing event and previous ones is that this will be a socially-distanced activity in two shifts. Rise Against Hunger is a hands-on international hunger relief program that coordinates assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious meals for needy third world countries. The food is distributed through the schools, which helps keep the children in school. Of course, education is a means to break the cycle of poverty.
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2022
Times: 7:45 AM – unloading/set-up
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (shift 1)
1:45 PM – 3:45 PM (shift 2)
3:45 PM – clean-up/loading
Location: Fellowship Hall
Type of Event: Intergenerational. There are tasks for children all the way to seniors.
Types of tasks:
* Truck unloading and set-up, starting around 7:45 AM. Supplies can weigh up to 50 lbs. (Need 5-8 volunteers.)
* Actual meal packing task (Need 70-80 persons of all ages and physical capabilities for 2 shifts)
* Reloading the truck and clean-up (Need 5-8 strong volunteers)
Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based initiative that coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The program was created to give dedicated individuals and organizations — from businesses to civic clubs — the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s hungry. The events also give volunteers hands-on experience in leadership development, team-building, relationship-building, creative problem-solving, and goal-setting and achievement.
Since the inception of the meal packaging program in December 2005, these packaged meals have been used primarily to support school feeding programs in developing countries. Hunger is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. Targeting hunger — specifically by supporting school feeding programs — leverages support to other causes including poverty, disease, education, and the welfare of women and children.