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Stop Hunger Now responds to India flooding

The following news brief is taken from a SHN staff memo:

Stop Hunger Now India Flood Response Continues

Stop Hunger Now India continues to provide relief to those affected by the severe flooding in Chennai. Executive Director Dola Mohapatra has issued an update on the response, as well as an appeal to donors for additional support. Here is an excerpt:

As an immediate response to this emergency situation, Stop Hunger Now India, in partnership with Treasure Life Foundation, Hope Foundation and Rural Relief Network/SAARP (as well as few other local NGOs and civic groups) has provided nearly 150,000 meals to over 5,000 families in Chennai and Cuddalore areas, including the cut-off pockets in rural Panchayats.

As you may have been seeing the news items across the TV channels, the situation is quite grave and we have been receiving SOS requests from a number of local groups.  The field teams responding to the current situation have requested immediate help for food packets, medical supplies, clothes etc.

We are gearing up to send 300,000meals for the affected families.  We also have received requests for mats, tarpaulins, water-filters, tents and bed sheets, water containers, warm clothes, school supplies for children etc.  We have a warehouse in Bangalore where these materials are being collected and the field team will be able to pick up all these once a truck load of materials are gathered.

SHN officially open in India

A couple weeks ago I shared an article about the opening of Stop Hunger Now’s newest office in Bangalore, India. It’s now official. Bangalore joins a growing number of locations around the world where Stop Hunger Now affiliates give volunteers the opportunity to play an active role in the fight to end hunger in our lifetime.

It’s all about creating a true global movement. Every new affiliate we open engages more people who can become advocates for a world without hunger.

Bangalore Gets Meal-Packaging Center

Stop Hunger Now India is open for business.

To celebrate the launch of the new Stop Hunger Now affiliate, 150 employee volunteers from Broadcom Corporation and SanDisk Corporation packaged 45,000 meals at Broadcom’s Bangalore Campus, with The Rotary Bangalore IT Club providing logistical and community support.

Since 2013, Stop Hunger Now has packaged and distributed over 320,000 meals to children and families in Bangalore, New Delhi and Kashmir, but the cost of the program was high without an in-country facility and director.

With a location and permanent staff in Bangalore, Stop Hunger Now India will be able to package millions of meals to benefit local feeding programs in schools, orphanages, medical clinics and vocational training programs throughout the country.

Dola Mohapatra has been hired as executive director for Stop Hunger Now India.  The meal-packaging program is expected to cover all its costs within 12 to 18 months through the per-meal donations that volunteer groups raise to package the meals.

– See more at: http://www.stophungernow.org/movement-grows-newsletter/#Bangalore