More than 200 volunteers will prepare meals of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a nutrition packet during two-hour shifts Sept. 16-17 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 400 S. Main St., Newark, as part of Stop Hunger Now.

The meals will be sent to one of the 73 participating countries, including the U.S.

Packaged meals are primarily sent to elementary school feeding programs and are often the only meals students eat during the day. This is an incentive for parents to send their children to school, and Stop Hunger Now supports the link of providing literacy, as well as alleviating world hunger. Statistics suggest that no country is able to pull itself out of poverty with less than a 40 percent literacy foundation.

Stop Hunger Now is a four-star, international hunger relief organization with a vision to end hunger. It relies on volunteers to package the meals and donations from the community to cover the cost of the ingredients.

Newark's event is sponsored by Together in Christ and the churches of Newark, Newark Rotary Club, Newark Central School District and Catholic Charities of Wayne County. This year’s goal is to package 33,480 meals by 250 volunteers. The fundraising goal is about $10,000.

The event needs community and corporate sponsors of youth teams who will participate this year. The ingredients for one meal cost 29 cents. One team member can package about 325 meals in a two-hour shift, with ingredients costing about $100.

To learn more about sponsoring a team, call 315-331-6999. For more information about volunteering or donating, call 315-331-6954 or visit