Stop Hunger Now Partners with Grace Church to Package 60,000 Meals

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Stop Hunger Now and Grace Church are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 600 grade school students will package meals for the world’s hungry over four days during Grace Church’s Summer BreakOut program, June 10-13. 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.

Stop Hunger Now ships meals around the world to provide a hot meal to those suffering from hunger.

School children in Haiti receive Stop Hunger Now meals for lunch.

Stop Hunger Now and Grace Church are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 600 grade school students will package meals for the world’s hungry over four days during Grace Church’s Summer BreakOut program, June 10-13. 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.

“This project is a fun, hands-on mission that all first through sixth grade students attending Summer BreakOut will experience right here at home,” said Cathy Howey, program director.

“Summer BreakOut is our largest outreach event for kids. Our goal is to give kids the opportunity to experience faith in a whole new way, and the chance to help feed other kids around the world should be dynamic, rewarding and memorable,” Howey shared. “The outcome of 60,000 meals supporting school feeding programs so that other children can learn will be an accomplishment our students can feel proud about and help them grow a passion for serving others.”

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.

The children will be packaging meals during both sessions, each day of Summer Breakout, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8:40 p.m., Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13 at the church campus, 8500 W. 159th, Overland Park, Kan. This will be the first time Grace Church and Stop Hunger Now have partnered together.

“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.

In 2013 Stop Hunger Now is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 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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