200 Student and Community Volunteers Invite Other to Join Them in Packaging 100,000 Meals for the Hungry

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Stop Hunger Now and Millsaps College are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 200 volunteers from the Millsaps and greater Jackson community will package meals for the world’s hungry on November 10, 2013 in the Halls Activities Center of Millsaps College at 1:30 P.M., the event is open to the public.

Volunteers package meals with Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now and Millsaps College are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 200 volunteers from the Millsaps and greater Jackson community will package meals for the world’s hungry on November 10, 2013 in the Halls Activities Center of Millsaps College at 1:30 P.M. 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.

“It is our hope that anyone that wants to participate and volunteer will join us in packaging meals. It is open to the public,” says event organizers Rev. Chris Donald, college Chaplain, Alexis Guice, president of Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary, and Sara Del Castillo, president of Sigma Lambda Honorary. “We want to engage the Jackson community in becoming educated about the issues of poverty and hunger affecting millions of people around the world.”

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, Mexico 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.

Millsaps College will host the event on November 10, 2013 in the Halls Activity Center at 1:30 P.M. The college is pleased to partner with Stop Hunger Now who has prepared over 100,000,000 meals since 2005. At the event, which will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Stop Hunger Now, 100,000 meals will be packaged by more 200 volunteers. The college is reaching out to partner with local organizations in the Jackson area and invites anyone to contact the organizers about volunteering at the event.

“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 the Jackson, MS Stop Hunger Now Program Manager Matt Casteel at mcasteel(at)stophungernow(dot)org or Millsaps College host leader Sara Del Castillo at delcasf(at)millsaps(dot)edu

In 2013 Stop Hunger Now is celebrating its 15th anniversary 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. For more information visit http://www.stophungernow.org.

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