Stop Hunger Now designates October as World Hunger Action Month
Stop Hunger Now has designated themonth of October WorldHunger Action Month in honor of World Food Day. Stop Hunger Now invites volunteers and supporters around the world to serve in the fight against hunger by shining light on viable solutionsto the issue of hunger.
During the month, SHN will engage more than 15,000 volunteers worldwide to package meals. The goals are to package 1.8 million meals in theUnited States, 600,000 meals in South Africa and 1 million meals Malaysia, in a single day. In addition, 200,000 meals will be packaged in the Philippines, for a total ofmore than 3.6 million meals in honor of World HungerAction Month.
“As the famine in the Horn of Africa worsens, the outpouring of love and help from around the world continues to sustain our spirits,” says Allen Renquist, SHN’s International Operations Director. “The outrage of more than 25,000 of our brothers and sisters dying each day because they don't have enough to eat when there is more than enough food is unacceptable. It is our beliefthatif enough people are given an opportunity to help, they will.”
After experiencing rapid growth ofthe program in theUSA, Stop Hunger Now opened its first international meal packaging program branch in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. The success of the meal packaging programs in the United States and in South Africa has created interestin expanding the programto reach volunteers throughout the world. Due to this interest, Stop Hunger Now has developed a strategy to best support international expansion in order to further its global mission to end hunger in our lifetime.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) celebrates World Food Day each year on October 16 to mark the date on which FAO wasfounded in 1945. World Food Day is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year‐around action to alleviate hunger.
Contact your local Stop Hunger Now location to learn how you can organize a meal packaging eventin your community or how to donate to Stop Hunger Now’s crisis relief efforts.
About Stop Hunger Now’s Meal Packaging Program
Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program has two goals. The first is to package as much food as possible and send it all over the world to support sustainable educational/development programs. The second goal ofthe program is to educate and engage a community of volunteersthat are actively involved with poverty and hunger related issues. The program provides an opportunity for entire families to work and learn side by side, and to witness the result oftheir efforts. To date, Stop Hunger Now has organized more than 165,000 volunteers in five countries, who have packaged more than 50 million meals for distribution in developing countries.