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a gift for every child

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The amazing work being done to eradicate polio by UNICEF, Rotary International, and the Gates Foundation is a great example of successful collaboration to attack a major global health issue. As a member of Rotary I have seen how committed our organization has been to #endpolio. Seeing the excellent work being accomplished and realizing that we will create a polio-free world inspires me to do even more to create a world without hunger.

My entire adult life has been devoted to ending the scourge of hunger. Now, the United Nations has set a sustainable development goal to end hunger within the next 15 years. My prayer is that by 2030 our polio-free world will also be a hunger-free world. Working together we can make it happen.

on the verge

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I am proud to be a member of Rotary International. We have worked tirelessly to bring about the day when this dread disease is eradicated forever.

Working together with UNICEF, the Gates Foundation and others, we are going to make it happen. And what a glorious day that will be.


When something works it needs to replicated. Vaccines work.

I am a member of Rotary International, and have been for almost 20 years. I have seen firsthand how effective vaccines are in eliminating major diseases through our worldwide Rotary program to eradicate polio.

UNICEF is doing a great job, yet it’s incumbent on all of us to help close the gap.

#vaccineswork  Let’s help spread the word.


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

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.


acting like we care

Ending hunger in our lifetime is the right thing to do. We have allowed too many of our family to suffer under the shadow of starvation for far too long.

And ending hunger is possible. Don’t doubt it. Rotary international is demonstrating that changing the world can be done. Their global campaign to eradicate  polio is a perfect demonstration. Now it’s time to eradicate hunger.

Ending hunger in our lifetime requires all of us to realize we can make a real difference, and then to do all we can, with whatever resources we have available, right where we are located. Every one of us can become a part of a global movement of caring and concerned activists who will not only speak up and speak out for the hungry of the world, but also do all we can to make sure no child goes to bed hungry.

The time has come for those of us who care to act like it. We have been too respectful for too long. It is time to become more assertive in demanding that all our human family be allowed to come to the table. Why should we tolerate 25,000 of our family needlessly dying from hunger every day when there is more than enough food available for all?

Working together we CAN change the world. We just need to act like we care. As Kofi Annan said in his presentation yesterday, “change is a process, not an event.” I want to be a part of that process. What about you?