(PRWEB) October 02, 2013
October is World Hunger Action Month when Stop Hunger Now raises public awareness around the issue of world hunger. October 16 is World Food Day, and Stop Hunger Now and partner organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) help increase the understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger.
“Stop Hunger Now is asking corporate, community civic and faith leaders to help spread the word, take action and make an impact to end hunger around the globe,” says Rod Brooks, president and chief executive officer of Stop Hunger Now. “Hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children.”
Around the world, more than 868 million people lack adequate food and more than 25,000 die each day from hunger-related illnesses. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 17 cities throughout the U.S. and international locations in South Africa and Malaysia.
During World Hunger Action Month 2013, thousands of Stop Hunger Now volunteers are expected to package more than 4 million meals at about 100 events in the U.S, South Africa, Malaysia and Italy. Large-scale 100,000-meal packaging events are taking place in cities such as Atlanta, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Philadelphia, and Memphis. Last year, volunteers around the world packaged more than 2.3 million Stop Hunger Now meals during October.
Groups of all sizes and ages can organize a meal packaging event with Stop Hunger Now to assemble meals consisting of rice, soy, dehydrated, vegetables, and vitamins 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.
Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries. More than 300,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged more than 108,000,000 Stop Hunger Now meals.
In addition to meal packaging events, Stop Hunger Now aims to actively engage people during World Hunger Action Month to help end world hunger through volunteering, advocacy, or making a donation.
For more information contact Chessney Barrick, Director of Communications and Cause Marketing, at 757-469-7045.
About Stop Hunger Now
In 2013 Stop Hunger Now is celebrating its 15th anniversary in its ongoing work to create a movement to end hunger. More than 108,000,000 meals have been packaged and distributed with other life-saving aid to 65 countries impacting millions of lives.
The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
In its efforts to respond to emergency needs around the world Stop Hunger Now receives and distributes significant donations of in-kind aid. These donations are large quantities of food, medicines, medical supplies and other such items as may be of use in fighting hunger and providing relief in a crisis.