Stop Hunger Now Partners with Laguna Niguel LDS Stake to Package 75,000 Meals

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More than 500 volunteers join the movement to end world hunger.

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If a warm, nutritious meal can provide a few moments of relief to the weary and hungry, then for those few moments, we have made a difference.

Stop Hunger Now and the Laguna Niguel Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are joining forces in the fight against hunger. More than 500 volunteers will package 75,000 meals for the world’s hungry in two shifts at 10:00AM and 1:00 PM on Monday, April 25, 2015, at the Laguna Niguel Stake Center, 22851 Aliso Creek Road in Aliso Viejo, CA. 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 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

“Millions of men, women and children in this world go hungry every day and we wanted to do something about it,” says Jenna Harline, Assistant Director of Interfaith Relations for the Laguna Niguel Stake. “If a warm, nutritious meal can provide a few moments of relief to the weary and hungry, then for those few moments, we have made a difference.”

Around the world, nearly 805 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and five international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy and India. More than 450,000 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 Laguna Niguel Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chose to partner with Stop Hunger Now for their annual Just Serve Helping Hands project. Every year on the last Saturday in April, members of the LDS faith, friends and neighbors of the community across the nation and in many parts of the world are invited to participate in a day of service. Thousands engage in worthwhile causes across the globe with the intent of making a difference for people and communities in need.

“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 Jenna Harline, Assistant Director of Interfaith Relations for the Laguna Niguel Stake, at jennaharline(at)gmail(dot)com

For more than 17 years, Stop Hunger Now has been creating a movement to end hunger. More than 180,000,000 meals have been packaged and distributed along with other aid to 65 countries impacting millions of lives. The organization is driven by a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

The Stop Hunger Now meal packaging program was created to give dedicated individuals 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 2014, Stop Hunger Now and its global affiliates packaged 50.6 million meals.

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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