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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

when in doubt…write

It’s 0410 here in rainy Lynchburg, Virginia. I’ve been up for about 45 minutes and don’t think getting back to sleep is a real option.

I have prayed. I have done some Scripture study. I have been able to also knock out some of my work scheduled for later today.

That might allow for a short nap later this afternoon. But now I am caught in between too late to go back to bed and too early to get seriously busy.

So, when in doubt, blog.

In fact, it’s a good opportunity to blog about my blog. I began  thefaceofhunger at some point in the distant past with the hope I might encourage readers to become more engaged with the plight of the world’s poor and hungry. Now, over 950 blog posts later, I am rapidly coming closer to the end of this journey.

It’s been a privilege to talk about the work of Stop Hunger Now and the unbelievable impact our efforts have had in helping end hunger in our lifetime. I’ve been honored to have the opportunity to share my travel stories and to lift up those most in need.

But soon I will be passing off thefaceofhunger to other capable hearts and hands. When that hand off happens I will become an avid reader of the blog rather than its writer. My prayer is that thefaceofhunger continues to inspire and motivate all of us to do everything possible until hunger is just a memory. Working together we can end hunger in our lifetime.

 

 

leaving the darkness

Schools that have re-opened in Liberia after eight months of being closed due to the #Ebola epidemic. This school re-opened in Bomi County in March and resumed its school meals program in April. More than 100,000 children across the country have received these meals so far.:

I have had the privilege of visiting dozens of schools in developing cointries where Stop Hunger Now meals are being used in school feeding programs. The teachers, principals and headmasters have all told me the same thing.

The children come to school because they know they will get a hot meal. It will be the only food for the day for over 90 percent of the kids eating the meals.

Then the school leaders say,”Without the Stop Hunger Now meals the children will not come to school. If they do not come to school they will not get an education. If they are not educated there is no hope, there is no future for our nation.”

School Feeding Programs provide more than just food for hungry and malnourished kids. The meals provide hope. They provide a path out of darkness into the light.

“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.

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

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.

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.

 

Greetings from Guangzhou

Yesterday I had to leave Kuala Lumpur to continue my trip. I arrived here at my hotel in Guangzhou about midnight, on my way to Dawson’s Creek, Canada.

I wasn’t ready to leave Malaysia. Before I had to leave for the airport I had the opportunity to join my Stop Hunger Now colleagues from around the world in helping at a 300,000 meal packaging event hosted by HP. What a powerful testimony that almost a thousand HP employees joined together to help end the scourge of hunger.

It’s yet another sign pointing toward the growing global movement that will create a hunger-free world in our lifetime. What a true joy it was to be a part of the excitement and sense of accomplishment that was present during the event.

But, even though I wasn’t ready to leave Kuala Lumpur and all my friends and colleagues at our International Summit, I am pleased to be headed toward Canada. I will be addressing a Rotary District Conference that has already committed to packaging 1,000,000 Stop Hunger Now meals before next August. That’s no small thing.

During my time at the conference in Dawson’s Creek, we are scheduled to package a full 40 foot container which is 285,000 meals. It will be much cooler there, but we will be taking part in changing the world just as the employees have done in Kuala Lumpur.

Every day I see us drawing closer to ending hunger in our lifetime. You are a leader in that effort. Thanks for all you do to turn that vision into a reality.