In April 2013, we collaborated with Stop Hunger Now, now known as Rise Against Hunger, for the first time to package 10,000 meals that were distributed to those in need. Rise Against Hunger, driven by a vision of a world without hunger, is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world, including in the U.S. The packaged meals are usually delivered to schools, which encourages parents to send their children to school for perhaps their only hot, nutritious meal of the day.
Since then, Lynnewood has held a Rise Against Hunger event twice a year. It is clearly one of Lynnewood’s favorite events, with participants ranging from young elementary school to Seasoned Citizens!
Below, more than 60 volunteers, from elementary school children and up, gathered in the fellowship hall for the meal packaging event. Volunteers gathered at stations setup by the Rise Against Hunger facilitators. Stations included:
- filling the packages with ingredients to feed 6 people
- weighing the packages to a prescribed weight
- sealing the packages
- boxing 36 packages to a box
The meals, which cost 25 cents per serving, contain 21 essential vitamins and minerals, dehydrated vegetables, soy, and rice. These ingredients are poured through a funnel into a small plastic bag which is then weighed and sealed. One bag creates six full-meal servings. Rise Against Hunger meal packaging events are not only a wonderful expression of hands-on giving but lots of fun for the volunteers!
After our first event, Rise Against Hunger reported: “We are delighted to announce that the meals from your meal packaging event have been shipped totaling 341,557 meals from our Northern California warehouse. The meals will be received by our in-country partner Trust in Education in Afghanistan.”
All photos of children and youth printed by permission of parents.