Buffalo Community Volunteers Join the Movement to End World Hunger - Unite716 Partners with Stop Hunger Now to Package 142,000 Meals This Weekend

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More than 700 community volunteers will package meals for the world’s hungry on September 20, 2014 at the Apex Center at The Chapel at Crosspoint 2435 Hopkins Road Getzville, NY 14068, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. All volunteers are welcome to participate.

Volunteers package Stop Hunger Now Meals

Stop Hunger Now and Unite716 are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 700 community volunteers will package meals for the world’s hungry on September 20, 2014 at the Apex Center at The Chapel at Crosspoint 2435 Hopkins Road Getzville, NY 14068, from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 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 and 22 essential vitamins and minerals.

“I founded Unite716 to bring the community of Buffalo together in service,” says Richard Armenia, Founder of Unite716 and Stop Hunger Now Philadelphia Program Manager. “This event will demonstrate to the community what Unite716 stands for, uniting the citizens of Buffalo to make a global impact. Stop Hunger Now’s goals are to provide as food and life-saving aid to support sustainable education and development programs, and to create a movement of educated volunteer advocates that are actively involved with poverty and hunger related issues. Unite716 will provide an opportunity to activate volunteers in the Buffalo community.”

Around the world, nearly 870 million people lack adequate food and about 21,000 die each day from hunger-related causes. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 18 cities throughout the U.S. and four international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines and Italy. More than 400,000 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.

“I was privileged to participate with Unite716 last year in Buffalo NY and we packaged 70,000 meals in no time,” says Jason Bruce of Westside Ministries. “The energy was electric, strangers giving high fives, 350 volunteers working together to help end world hunger. It was truly awesome!”

This event will begin at 9:00 AM with two hours of meal packaging. This first shift will package 75,000 meals. Then there will be a two-hour celebration consisting of 4 food trucks, 3 bounce houses, face painting, balloon artists, and a local DJ. At 1:00 PM the second shift of volunteers will begin packaging the remaining 75,000 meals. Each meal is $.29 and volunteers are encouraged to visiti Unite716.com to register to volunteer and to donate towards this 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 Richard Armenia of Unite716 and Stop Hunger Now at (704)654-9667

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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