Raleigh Community Members Package 1 MILLIONTH Meal with Rise Against Hunger

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Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church and The Rotary Club of Cary, NC Package Hunger Relief Meals for the Ninth Year

Rise Against Hunger's President and CEO, Rod Brooks, presents Kirk of Kildaire and The Rotary Club of Cary with symbolic gong in honor of their 1 millionth hunger relief meal packaged.

“It's remarkable to see Kirk of Kildaire and The Rotary Club of Cary reaching their 1 MILLIONTH meal goal — especially during the season of giving," said Rod Brooks, President and CEO of Rise Against Hunger.

Rise Against Hunger teamed up with the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church and The Rotary Club of Cary, NC to give the gift of nourishment this season. Over 300 community volunteers in Raleigh, NC made a hands-on impact on one of the world’s most pressing issues — world hunger.

Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church and The Rotary Club of Cary, NC celebrated the packaging of 1 million hunger relief meals with Rise Against Hunger since they began their partnership nine years ago. President and CEO of Rise Against Hunger, Rod Brooks, attended the event to present the organizations with a special gong in symbolism of their accomplishment.

“Hunger is one of the world’s most pressing, yet solvable issues and the giving season is the perfect time of year to spotlight that it IS possible to end hunger in this lifetime,” said Rod Brooks. “It's remarkable to see Kirk of Kildaire and The Rotary Club of Cary reaching their 1 MILLIONTH meal goal — especially during the season of giving.”

Over 821 million people across the world go to bed hungry each night — which is about one out of every nine people. Rise Against Hunger’s mission is to end world hunger in this lifetime, specifically by the year 2030, directly in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2. The non-profit has been headquartered out of Raleigh, NC for the past 20 years and now maintains 28 U.S. locations and five locations internationally.

In 2006, Kirk of Kildaire members saw an opportunity to make an even bigger impact with Rise Against Hunger. The group traveled to the village of Pala in Guatemala after a tropical storm destroyed much of the area. This trip inspired Kirk of Kildaire to create a school lunch program in the village which enables each student to eat one Rise Against Hunger meal a day.

“What I saw (in Pala) was individual kids with healthier looking traits — but most importantly, I saw happier kids,” said Barney Hale, Kirk of Kildaire. “Giving donations to hunger relief programs is good and necessary and by being more closely involved, I realized how one good meal a day can allow a child to flourish both physically and mentally.”

Rise Against Hunger 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. After packaging, the meals are shipped to countries around the globe and distributed to beneficiaries in critical need.

Since 2009 Kirk of Kildaire, in partnership with the Cary Rotary Club, has engaged thousands of volunteers in Raleigh, N.C. from all walks of life to package Rise Against Hunger meals. This impact has benefited meal recipients in Malawi, Haiti, Uganda, Guatemala, Cambodia and Zambia.

ABOUT RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 28 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger movement. Rise Against Hunger has facilitated meal packaging of more than 438 million meals to be distributed to 74 countries around the world.

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