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a celebration of caring

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On Dec. 10, 2005, 50 volunteers formed an assembly line at a Raleigh warehouse for Stop Hunger Now’s inaugural meal packaging event. Those volunteers packaged 20,000 meals to feed people suffering from hunger.

In the 10 years since, we have enlisted hundreds of thousands of volunteers who have packaged over 225 million meals at 19 locations in the U.S. and six more abroad. The Raleigh warehouse alone has packaged over 33 million meals, including nearly 4.6 million meals packaged last year by over 29,000 people at 278 meal packaging events.

To mark the 10th anniversary of our meal packaging program, Stop Hunger Now will host an event at its Raleigh warehouse on December 12, 2015,  that is expected to attract several hundred volunteers who will package over 100,000 meals. To register to attend, click here.

Initially developed to help provide rapid relief for disasters, meal packaging now is part of a larger strategy to help boost education and sustainable development in impoverished regions of the world. Stop Hunger Now distributes meals through schools, orphanages, health clinics, vocational training programs and, increasingly, through programs that focus on women’s health, women’s education and maternal & fetal health.

CyEYgVngsaV6pD8fAr-wSIlgdfHNmdCr0jU-h39ISQs,Xa7kHgcFxIDTeht9YjfwnPIPpgeowTE9ypQwZ1Oacew“We leverage the meals so we’re not just killing hunger pains but transforming lives and society,” says Darron Stover, Raleigh program manager for Stop Hunger Now. As a member of Fairmont United Methodist Church in Raleigh, which housed Stop Hunger Now for over 11 years starting shortly after it was formed in 1998, Stover participated in the inaugural meal packaging event. He then quickly volunteered to help organize and coordinate other meal packaging events. A year ago, he joined Stop Hunger Now as a full-time employee.

The Rev. Steve Hickle was pastor at Fairmont United Methodist Church and a member of the Stop Hunger Now board of directors at the time of the first meal packaging event. “We’re building a movement to end hunger,” says Hickle, who now is Faith Outreach Director for Stop Hunger Now. He has developed partnerships with over 30 Christian faith  groups and eight other faith groups in the movement to end world hunger.

Meal packaging provides a highly visible point of entry for people to get involved in eradicating hunger, which affects nearly 800 million people, down from one billion 20 years ago, Hickle says. “By offering this experience, we’re having an impact on education and development in many places,” he says. “We’re one piece of a growing movement, and we invite others to join with us in any place they can help end world hunger.”

Grab your family and friends (all ages welcome!) and join us for the 10th-anniversary commemoration in Raleigh.  Click below to save your spot!

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– See more at: http://www.stophungernow.org/10-years-225-million-meals-and-counting/#sthash.aMgLtrQa.dpuf

Well Done SHN SA!

The end of my trip is at hand. Early this evening I am scheduled to leave from Johannesburg and fly to Atlanta and then on to Raleigh. There I will pick up a rental car, go to the Stop Hunger Now office for a couple hours to debrief and catch up on some back administrative chores. After that, I have a 3 hour drive back home to Lynchburg.

It’s going to be a rather long trip, but what makes it worthwhile is all the good work that has been accomplished during my brief time here in Mozambique and South Africa. In Maputo, Mozambique I helped celebrate Ma Machel’s 70th birthday as we packaged 70,000 meals for malnourished school children.

That event was also a milestone for Stop Hunger Now South Africa. It was the first meal packaging event they organized outside of their own country. And the Minister of Education  for Mozambique, who attended and spoke at the event, has already requested that more meal packaging events be scheduled.

Here in Johannesburg I have had a delightful time meeting new staff and new board members. I have also been able to help with some fundraising and to give an official thanks to some of SHN South Africa biggest corporate and faith-based partners.

It’s been a whirlwind of events, meetings and dinners, but I will head for home more proud than ever of the great work being accomplished here on behalf of the hungry. Stop Hunger Now South Africa is our first international affiliate, and it is leading by example. Saira Khan, our Executive Director, and her entire board and staff are demonstrating that we can end hunger in our lifetime. Kudos and “Well Done!” to all of them.

Dawson’s Creek: Day 1

The flight from Vancouver to Fort St. John yesterday afternoon lasted just over an hour. We flew over the Coastal Mountains, and I was throughly impressed with their beauty and the sheer ruggedness of the general terrain.

As we approached Fort St. John I could see that “Winter is Coming.” The entire area, as far as the eye could see, was swathed in brilliant yellow. A lot of the leaves are already gone, and one passenger shared with me that they have already had several small snows.

It is definitely a beautiful area, and the hour-long ride from Fort St. John to Dawson’s Creek allowed me to see that beauty up close. Right outside of Fort St. John I even spotted two Mule Deer feeding at the edge of a stand of Aspens.

After meeting the Rotary District Governor and his lovely wife, his son Scott was kind enough to bring me to my hotel. I’ll admit I was running on empty at that point so I ordered a delivery pizza (which was surprisingly tasty), and was in bed as quickly as possible.

This morning has dawned with a cold wind and rain. Winter is coming.

I am looking forward to presenting to the Plenary session of the Rotary Conference this morning. Then at 3 this afternoon we will have our first meal packaging shift. It’s going to be a great day in Dawson’s Creek.

SHN Indianapolis

I continue to be humbled by the growth and expansion of Stop Hunger Now. We are creating a true global movement of caring folks who share the vision of a world without hunger.

This steady growth is a beautiful testimony to the hunger good people have to make a real difference, and to the power we have to change the world. Here is a brief new clip from the latest SHN newsletter:

Indianapolis Residents Package Meals

Indianapolis has become the 19th U.S. city that is home to a Stop Hunger Now affiliate.

Stop Hunger Now Indianapolis opened its new warehouse in January with an event in partnership with Merchandise Warehouse and LifePoint Church that packaged over 100,000 meals.

Merchandise Warehouse is providing a central warehouse location for Stop Hunger Now Indianapolis to serve Indiana and the Midwest.

Volunteers for Stop Hunger Now in Indianapolis and nearby communities now have packaged over 500,000 meals.

Brandon Faulkner, regional program director for Stop Hunger Now, attended the kickoff event in Indianapolis, along with Allen Renquist, Chief Programs Officer, and Mickey Horner, director of expansion and program innovation.

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

two million meals…and counting!

I am currently in Birmingham, Alabama where I have had the privilege of helping celebrate a huge milestone at Canterbury United Methodist Church. The story from a recent Stop Hunger Now Staff Update tells the story.

Volunteer Highlight – First MPE host to reach 2 million meals!  

This Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 3,000 volunteers from the Birmingham, AL community will package 500,000 meals for people in need around the world. That meal-packaging blitz will bring to two million the number of meals that over 8,000 volunteers from those churches have prepared in partnership with Stop Hunger Now since 2011.

 Canterbury UMC has led the charge in partnership with other Birmingham churches, Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and Brookwood Baptist Church in Birmingham. The meals packaged over the past 5 years have been shipped to Honduras, Haiti, Azerbaijan, Zambia and the Philippines.  

 Join us in celebrating this huge milestone for our team and our committed MPE partners in Birmingham!  

 Check out their video from last year’s event.  http://vimeo.com/89150093

What the update cannot completely convey is the sense of excitement and the deep commitment all the members of Canterbury have for partnering to feed hungry children around the world. Last year, a group of five women from the church even travelled to Haiti to see the meals they had packaged being distributed.

And now a couple of their partner churches have decided to do their own 500,000 meal events! What a powerful example of love in action. Canterbury United Methodist Church’s commitment to feeding the hungry is a powerful demonstration of living out the gospel.

working together around the world

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.