The fourth annual Rise Against Hunger, formerly Stop Hunger Now, recently brought together 182 volunteers to package 30,024 meals at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newark.
Over 50 donors helped the organization to exceed its $8,700 goal.
This community event provides volunteers a hands-on mission opportunity to provide one meal each day to children in need. The Newark program is sponsored by Together in Christ, Newark Rotary Club, Catholic Charities of Wayne County and Newark Central School District.
The mission of Rise Against Hunger is to end world hunger by 2030. The organization cites a correlation between school attendance and food availability: if kids can get a warm meal at school, their parents are more likely to send them. Rise Against Hunger recognizes the importance of that nutrition, which is sometimes students’ only meal of the day.
The packaged meals were shipped to Swaziland for distribution to local schools through Rise Against Hunger’s local partner, Salesian Missions. This organization seeks to nourish lives through food assistance and other services in Swaziland, a landlocked country within the eastern border of South Africa.
Call (315) 331-6999 for information about the annual event.