About Meal Packaging Events
Meal-packaging events are the heart of our work. We work with volunteers from corporations, faith congregations, schools, colleges and universities, and civic groups.
Meal-packaging events take place either at a Stop Hunger Now warehouse or at the volunteers’ location through a mobile operation that delivers ingredients and supplies. During the event, volunteers work in teams at each packaging station.
Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck. View meal package here.
Meal-packaging events are a great way to educate volunteers about global hunger and inspire them to get more involved in fighting it. The events also give volunteers hands-on experience in leadership development, team-building, relationship-building, creative problem-solving, and goal-setting and achievement.
How to Hold a Meal Packaging Event
To get started in organizing a meal packaging event, set a goal for the number of meals you will package, and contact your local Stop Hunger Now program coordinator. Recruit volunteers based on your goal. Then raise money for your event — only $0.29 cents for each meal you package. Ask your program coordinator for fundraising ideas that work and are fun.
A group of 40 to 50 volunteers can package 10,152 meals in about two hours. While the minimum is 10,152 meals, meal packaging events are easily scalable and can package up to one million meals.
Our assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a packet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The meals are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief. The food is stored easily, transported quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.
Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events now can be held anywhere in the world as long as the host organization has enough funding, volunteers, and locally-sourced ingredients to package at least 10,152 meals. Meal minimum may change due to distance from warehouse and other fees and site requirements may apply to events outside of 100 miles from a warehouse. Contact us for more details and to check for availability
How We Do It
We distribute meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are part of the movement to address global issues.
Ready to Host Your Own Event?
To find out more about meal packaging and how to organize your own event, fill out this form and your closest warehouse will contact you to start planning!