Richmond Residents Help End World Hunger - Stop Hunger Now celebrates with an Open House

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Stop Hunger Now Richmond will hold an open house to celebrate its warehouse location in Richmond Virginia on September 21, 2014 at 5022 Byrd Industrial Drive Richmond, VA 23231. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of the supporters, donors and meal packaging volunteer that helped establish Stop Hunger Now and package more than 11 million meals in the Richmond area.

Volunteers package meals with Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now Richmond will hold an open house to celebrate its warehouse location in Richmond Virginia on September 21, 2014 at 5022 Byrd Industrial Drive Richmond, VA 23231.The event will celebrate the accomplishments of the supporters, funders and meal packaging volunteer that helped establish Stop Hunger Now and package more than 11 million meals in the Richmond area.

The open house will include meal packaging demonstrations and Wine to Water Sawyer® water filtration system assembly. Guest Speakers will include Ray Buchanan, founder of Stop Hunger Now, Rod Brooks, President and CEO of Stop Hunger Now, Ken Hook Chairman of the Board for Leonarda’s Home of Hope, as well as a representative from the organization Wine to Water.

Stop Hunger Now opened its popular and effective meal packaging program in Richmond to provide local residents a hands-on way to help end world hunger. 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 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Around the world, nearly 870 million people lack adequate food and about 25,000 die each day from hunger-related causes. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 17 cities throughout the U.S. and four international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines and Italy. More than 400,000 volunteers from corporations, communities of faith, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.

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.

Schedule of events and opportunities for interviews:
1:00 PM - Ken Hook Chairman of the Board for Leonarda’s Home of Hope in Honduras.
2:00 PM - Ray Buchanan Founder and International President of Stop Hunger Now
3:00 PM - Rod Brooks, Chief Executive Officer of Stop Hunger Now
4:00 PM- Staff representative for Wine to Water
Following each speaker there will be assembly of 50 Wine to Water Portable Filtration Systems.

“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 Mike Nelson Program Manager for Stop Hunger Now Richmond at (804)895-4891 Email mnelson(at)stophungernow(dot)org

For more than 15 years, Stop Hunger Now has been creating a movement to end hunger with more than 140,000,000 meals distributed along with other aid to 65 countries. Driven by a mission to end hunger in our lifetime, the organization provides food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and helps mobilize the necessary resources impacting millions of lives.

Stop Hunger Now meal packaging programs offer volunteers the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s poor and hungry. In 2013, Stop Hunger Now packaged 38.6 million meals in the U.S. and an additional 3.3 million meals were packaged by international locations.

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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