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the true spirit of Christmas

Merry Christmas to all!

Thanks to Mike Nelson Program Manager of our Richmond, Virginia office for sharing this photo taken at a meal packaging event done on Christmas Eve at Peninsula Community Chapel. Their gift to the Christ child was to package 70,000 meals for hungry children. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.

May this most special day and this entire holiday season be blessed with lots of love and laughter for you, and may each of you remember that the true work of Christmas goes on throughout the year. Working together we can celebrate Christmas all year long as we strive for a world without hunger.

“this is very good”

This past Wednesday I was privileged to join together with Stop Hunger Now international affiliate directors and over 1,000 HP employees in Kuala Lumpur as we packaged over 300,000 meals for the hungry. I left the event to catch my plane to China and on to Fort St. John, Canada to attend the Rotary District 5370 Conference here in Dawson Creek where I addressed the conference Friday morning.

Beginning Friday afternoon, the conference participants and the Dawson Creek community worked together to package over 286,000 Stop Hunger Now meals. What an honor it was to be a small part of such powerful events.

The packaging event with HP was a powerful demonstration of corporate social responsibility while the the Rotary packaging event illustrates the power of our partnerships with civic groups. Rotary District Governor Tim Schilds has a goal of District 5370 packaging a million meals this year. The district is off to a great start, and I am sure the goal will be reached.

During these two events participants worked together to provide over a half a million meals for hungry children around the world. As one couple from Poland attending the event here in Dawson Creek said to me, ‘This is very good. We need to do it more.”

I agree. Working together we are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime.

Healthcare Partnership in India

Stop Hunger Now Launches Healthcare Outreach in India

Serving people in need in remote areas of India is the focus of a new partnership between the Kraft Heinz Company and Stop Hunger Now that grew out of a meal-packaging event last March with the Kraft Heinz India team.

The partnership includes providing mobile medical vans to the states of Bihar and Andhra Pradesh; delivering a milk and nutrition supplement to underprivileged children in the state of Odisha; coordinating the distribution of high-nutrient protein supplements to cancer patients in the city of Chennai; and holding a meal-packaging event. Together, we aim to reach 25,000 people by 2016.

Heinz Mobile Healthcare Unit

In Bihar and Andhra Pradesh, Stop Hunger Now will serve as the primary partner for Kraft Heinz India for a three-year, $330,000 project. The first van was launched September 2 in Bihar in partnership with Society for Action in Community Health. On hand for the launch was Shri Giriraj Singh, India’s minister of state micro, small and medium enterprises.

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In Odisha, the year-long project will provide a milk and nutrition supplement to 500 children in a residential care unit. Kraft Heinz India is providing the nutrition supplement for free and providing the cost of the milk to the local partners. Stop Hunger Now is coordinating the $50,000 project, which launched on September 1st.

In Chennai, the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, we will coordinate distribution of 10,000 packets of Complan, a nutritional supplement drinks with protein, carbohydrate, and 26 vitamins and minerals, to patients undergoing treatment at the Adyar Cancer Institute.

In addition to packaging meals this October during World Hunger Action Month, Kraft Heinz India and Stop Hunger Now will be meeting with the company’s corporate social responsibility committee to talk about ideas and strategies for additional projects serving underprivileged populations.

Heinz Mobile Healthcare Unit - India 2015 (1)

– See more at: http://www.stophungernow.org/kraft-heinz-india-stop-hunger-now-launch-healthcare-outreach-in-rural-india/#sthash.iMp31bb4.dpuf

Vancouver Layover

I have to admit that I am happy to be in Vancouver, even if it’s just a layover and even if it’s only for a few hours. I love Canada and Canadians and I always feel it is a treat to be in British Columbia.

My flight from Guangzhou arrived an hour and a half ago after a fairly smooth flight. I’ve just finished a delicious lunch of Halibut & Chips so I am feeling pretty good at the moment. Now I still have another hour or so before boarding a far shorter flight up to Fort St. John.

Once there I will be met by a Rotarian who will drive me the remaining hour or so up to Dawson’s Creek. While there I will make a Stop Hunger Now presentation and take part in packaging over 280,000 meals. It’s going to be fun.

 

200,000,000 & counting

The following article comes from the Stop Hunger Now newsletter. It is a powerful testimony to the compassion and commitment of our volunteers to make a real difference in the world by ending hunger in our lifetime.

Packaging Infographic

Stop Hunger Now recently reached a milestone in its mission to end world hunger — 200 million meals packaged. Through its popular community-supported meal packaging programs, more than 600,000 volunteers have packaged the highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Around the world, more than 805 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, Philippines, Italy and India.  More than 6000,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.

Groups of all sizes and ages can organize a meal packaging event with Stop Hunger Now to assemble meals that are used to support development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics.  Working with these programs helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skills development, and health care while also receiving much-needed nutrition.

 

First Broad Street UMC

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go; first of all in your own home. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to the next-door neighbor. — Mother Teresa

This past weekend I had the privilege to participate in the annual Mission Celebration at First Broad Street United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tennessee. They’re a group of folks that would bring a smile to Mother Teresa’s face.

I had been a workshop leader at last year’s Celebration so I was excited to have the opportunity to join the congregation once again. Last year’s event was so thoroughly impressive I couldn’t imagine it could be better this year. I was wrong. This year’s Mission Celebration was even better than last year’s.

Hundred of folks interested, engaged and excited about mission opportunities spent Friday afternoon through Sunday in workshops, seminars and presentations describing all the mission work in which the First Broad Street United Methodist Church is actively involved.

I spoke several times during the weekend. The church was filled with displays of mission and ministry and there were several large rooms of fair-trade crafts from church mission partners both abroad and here in the US.

One of the highlights of this year’s celebration was the Stop Hunger meal packaging event where everyone joined together to package over 20,000 meals in only 90 minutes. Everyone was overwhelmed at the ease of accomplishing such a feat and touched at the impact their effort would make on behalf of hungry school kids in Haiti. I am sure that more meals will be packaged at next year’s Celebration.

The members of First Broad Street United Methodist Church understand that they have the power to change the world. The congregation is actively involved in dozens of missions. They are working in numerous locations in their own city of Kingsport. But they are also touching lives through their mission outreach in other areas of Tennessee, North Carolina and in the far corners of the world such as South Sudan.

First Broad Street United Methodist Church gets it. They aren’t satisfied with just writing checks. They have a heart for missions that’s as big as the world and they are spreading God’s love everywhere they go.

 

 

“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.

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

Photo credit: Shaw Media