Stop Hunger Now Partners with MISS USA Pageant and The Venetian Las Vegas
The 2013 Miss USA Contestants and volunteers package meals and join the movement to end world hunger
Miss USA 2012, Nana Meriwether, with Stop Hunger Now founder Ray Buchanan.
(LAS VEGAS, NV, JUNE 4, 2013) - Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether and 31 contestants competing for the Miss USA crown will join in the fight against hunger to help package meals with Stop Hunger Now at The Venetian® Las Vegas onJune 5, 2013. During Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events, volunteers package highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals.
“What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues,” said Rod Brooks, president and chief executive officer of Stop Hunger Now, who also will attend the event. “The Miss USA contestants are helping Stop Hunger Now share this message and giving hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children.”
Contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are in Las Vegas for the 62nd Annual MISS USA® Competition airing live on NBC Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. Meriwether will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast.
Around the world, more than 868 million people lack adequate food and more than 25,000 die each day from hunger-related illnesses. Stop Hunger Now operates the meal packaging program in 17 cities throughout the U.S. and international locations in South Africa and Malaysia. New locations are slated to open in 2013 including: Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Italy. More than 300,000 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, medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries.
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Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. 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 www.stophungernow.org.
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