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A little later this morning I will leave home to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to take part in a special celebration and milestone event at Canterbury United Methodist Church. They are hosting their fourth meal packaging event. And while that is cause for celebration, an even bigger reason to celebrate is that they are achieving a wonderful distinction. More about that in tomorrow’s post.

Below are some more exciting facts taken from the latest Stop Hunger Now weekly staff update.

Did you know?

The Stop Hunger Now team DOUBLED our international meal packaging to 6.4 million  in 2014, thanks to an awesome team effort!

Check out some of the highlights…maybe you were there!

  • Hewlett-Packard engaged 5,000 employee volunteers in packaging 1.4 million meals in 10 countries!

  • Rotarians packaged 30,000 meals at the 2014 Rotary International Conference in Sydney, Australia, sponsored by Zambrero

  • More than 5,000 volunteers (including Graca Machel) packaged 848,681 meals for Mandela Day in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

  • HSBC Bank packaged more than 192,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now Philippines

  • SanDisk volunteers packaged more than 300,000 meals in our first event in Shanghai, China facilitated by Stop Hunger Now Malaysia

 Stay tuned,  we are opening two new Affiliate offices in India and Peru.  Through the establishment of Affiliate offices, Stop Hunger Now has a distinctive ability to have a sustainable impact, harnessing the collective energies of populations around the world in the fight against hunger.


“Meals in Memory” of Mandela

Stop Hunger Now South Africa recently took part in Mandela Day celebrations in a most special fashion, packaging over 800,000 meals for the hungry. An article reprinted from the Stop Hunger Now Newsletter gives the details of this powerful tribute.

Southern Africa Volunteers Package 800,000 “Meals in Memory” on Mandela Day

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa hosted “Meals in Memory,” a large-scale two-city volunteer meal packaging event to celebrate the ideals of Nelson Mandela on July 18, 2014. Volunteers across South Africa and the world celebrated by taking just 67 minutes out of their day to do a good deed for their community.  Meals in Memory saw local celebrities and more than 5,000 volunteers in Johannesburg and Cape Town package 848,681 meals in 67-minute shifts.  

Graça Machel, widow of the beloved icon who inspired this day of reaching out to those less fortunate, gave the opening address at the Sandton Convention Centre. She then joined enthusiastic volunteers to package 638,826 of the day’s total meals. 

“Wherever Madiba is today, you can be sure he is smiling,” said Machel. 

Among the thousands of volunteers who pitched in were Madiba’s great-grandson Luvuyo Mandela and South African rugby star Pierre Spies, as well as Gert-Johan Coetzee, Joelle Kayembe, Benny Masekwameng, Kerry McGregor, Zuraida Jardine, Louise Carver, Chad Saaiman, Jacques Terreblanche, Bonang Matheba, Tamerin Jardine, Tshepo Mogale and Kuli Roberts.

“At Sandton alone, we packaged double the meals we did at last year’s Mandela Day event, so I cannot begin to say how proud I am of everyone who participated,: said Says CEO Barry Mey, CEO fo Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa. “There is no doubt in my mind that Madiba would be proud of our efforts to destroy child hunger in South Africa in our lifetime.”

At Canal Walk Shopping Centre in Cape Town, 162,432 meals were packaged, with another 18,727 meals tallied at the East Rand Mall; 18,144 meals at Deutsche Bank; and another 15,552 packaged with General Motors . Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, whose mission is to get nutritional meals to young children at Early Childhood Development Centres that receive no government funding, was thrilled with the results of the meal-packaging drive.


Graca Machel gets amped to pack meals during her 67 minutes. 

Photo credit: Shaw Media


Stop Hunger Now South Africa Update

The following post is an email I just received from our office in South Africa. While most of Stop Hunger Now meals are used in school feeding and child development programs, we always try to respond to emergency needs. This report is how our South Africa branches are responding to the recent devastating township fires outside of Cape Town

Stop Hunger Now SA aids new years eve fire victims

Monday, 14 January 2013

On New Year’s Day more than 4,000 people were left homeless as fires gutted homes in informal settlements in Dunoon and Khayelitsha in Cape Town. With any disaster of this scale, food security of the victims remains an important issue both immediately and during rebuilding efforts.

“Our initial assessment with the City’s Disaster Management unit and partner NGOs was that City resources would be able to deal with the immediate need for food, with NGOs needing to design a relief effort during the rebuilding phase,” says David Jacobs, acting branch manager for Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa (SHN SA).

On 7 January, SHN SA, together with NGO partners EDR, MercyNet and The Warehouse, began the work of setting up temporary feeding centres near disaster sites to ensure that members of the community had access to a hot meal each night after a busy day of rebuilding. The first of these, in the Du Noon settlement, was opened in the Apostolic Faith Mission hall near the site of the fire on 8 January. A further feeding scheme was opened on 9 January in Khayelitsha.

Pastor Templeton Zweni of the Apostolic Faith Mission: “Around 20 families benefited from the first day of operation. They were all very grateful for the meal and clothes, especially those who are on treatment where it is very important to have a nutritious meal.”

Over 13,000 meals will be made available by SHN SA and its partners during the rebuilding efforts in both DuNoon and Khayelitsha as more temporary feeding centres are set up. Should you wish to contribute to the effort, visit the Stop Hunger Now SA website at www.stophungernowsa.org or email wcape@stophungernowsa.org.

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