Stop Hunger Now Partners with the PA Convention Center and City-wide Volunteers to Package 110,000 Meals and Collect Canned Goods for the Salvation Army of Philadelphia

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More than 750 volunteers and multiple community groups will package meals for the world’s hungry on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at The Pennsylvania Convention Center Hall G at the corner of Broad St and Race St, Philadelphia, PA from 9:00AM – 1:00PM. Volunteers are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate to event partner Salvation Army of Philadelphia for local distribution.

Volunteers package meals with Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now Philadelphia Advisory Board members and local volunteers from the Philadelphia region are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 750 volunteers and multiple community groups will package meals for the world’s hungry on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at The Pennsylvania Convention Center Hall G at the corner of Broad St and Race St, Philadelphia, PA from 9:00AM – 1:00PM. Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals.

“The Stop Hunger Now meal packaging program is great because it provides a hands-on way for people of all ages and backgrounds to fight hunger in a fun way,” says Victor Hurdle, Managing Director of Rolling Barrel Events and Stop Hunger Now Advisory Board Co-Chair. “It’s also wonderful to know that the meals are going to developmental programs that sustainably fight the cycle of poverty.”

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. Four new locations are slated to open in 2013, including Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Italy. More than 250,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.

Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries.

To sign-up for a 2 hour shift and/or donate, please visit the Philly Feeds the World event website at http://www.stophungernow.org/philly.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate to event partner Salvation Army of Philadelphia for local distribution.

“What we want everyone to know is that 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,” said Rod Brooks, President and CEO of Stop Hunger Now.

For more information, contact Andrew Sullivan, Stop Hunger Now Regional Program Manager: (215) 990-6958.

Stop Hunger Now is proud to be leading the third annual World Hunger Action Month this October, in honor of World Food Day which is commemorated annually on October 16th. World Hunger Action Month is a chance to raise awareness around hunger and empower the community to join Stop Hunger Now in their mission to create a world without hunger. Stop Hunger Now aims to actively engage and empower everyone by providing them the opportunity to make a difference through volunteering, advocacy, or donating on behalf of the world's hungry.

In 2013 Stop Hunger Now is celebrating its 15th anniversary of its ongoing work to create a movement to end hunger. More than 100,000,000 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.

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