Stop Hunger Now Partners with Limestone College to Package 100,000 Meals

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Stop Hunger Now and Limestone College are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 300 student volunteers will package meals for the world’s hungry during the third annual event on Aug. 19-20 at the Timken Center at 1115 College Dr. in Gaffney.

Students work in an assembly line to package vitamin enriched rice/soy meals

Stop Hunger Now and Limestone College are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 300 student volunteers will package meals for the world’s hungry during the third annual event on Aug. 19-20 at the Timken Center at 1115 College Dr. in Gaffney. 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.

“Our vision has made this event a staple in the Limestone College fall semester week of welcome,” said Rev. Ron Singleton, Chaplain and Director of Limestone’s Christian Education Leadership Program who will help package meals at the event. “This will be the third year our students have packaged meals to kick-off Limestone Cares, a week of service to others.”

“In addition, our vision includes taking students over spring break to work with one of the in-country partners that receives Stop Hunger Now meals, Kids Konnect in Belize, said Singleton. “We hope to lead the way in connecting college students from meal assembly to distribution.”

Limestone College has received the National Service Award from the American Student Government Association two years in a row because of their meal packaging and other service efforts.

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 event will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, Aug. 19 and conclude on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The goal for Monday is 90,000 meals to be packaged by Limestone students, faculty and staff. The remaining 10,000 meals will be packaged on Tuesday by members of Gaffney Rotary Club and 8th grade leaders from the four middle schools in Gaffney.

“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 Stop Hunger Now University Director, Jan Rivero 919-225-7130.

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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