Houstonians Invited to Community Meal Packaging Event

Stop Hunger Now and Syngenta are joining forces in the fight against hunger. GB Biosciences, a Syngenta company, employees and Houston community volunteers will package meals for the world’s hungry on September 19, 2015, at the Stop Hunger Now Houston facility from 10 am – 2 pm. Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Members of the community are invited to join this volunteer event celebrating the second anniversary of The Good Growth Plan, Syngenta’s bold, measurable program that is working with farmers, governments, NGOs and others to make a deep, lasting and positive impact on the world’s food security and the planet’s long-term sustainability.

Event Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Event Location: Stop Hunger Now, 8901 Jameel Road Ste. 130, Houston


“The world’s resources – including land, water and energy – are already overstretched. Our business, and the world’s food security, depend on sustainable natural resources, healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities,” shared Jill Wheeler, Syngenta’s head of sustainability in North America. “We’re teaming with Stop Hunger Now to bring awareness to issues related to feeding a growing world and engage our community members in hands-on service toward ending hunger today.”

Around the world, nearly 795 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and six international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy, India and Peru. More than 600,000 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, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 71 countries. Stop Hunger Now impact programs transform the lives of children, youths and adults through the promotion of education, vocational skills, maternal and child health, and improving community livelihoods.

Stop Hunger Now’s partnership with Syngenta began in 2014 and has resulted in 71,000 meals packaged by 625 volunteers through five events in Florida, Minnesota, California and North Carolina. The meals supported school-feeding and sustainable community projects in Cambodia, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Philippines and Swaziland. Through the Houston event, Syngenta plans to donate 60,000 meals toward the Stop Hunger Now mission and engage more than 300 employees and community volunteers.

“What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children,” said Rod Brooks, President and CEO of Stop Hunger Now.

For more information, contact Billy Taylor, Stop Hunger Now development officer, at 817.733.6405 or btaylor(at)stophungernow(dot)org.

For more than 17 years, Stop Hunger Now has been creating a movement to end hunger. More than 200,000,000 meals have been packaged and distributed along with other aid to 71 countries impacting millions of lives. The organization is driven by a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

The Stop Hunger Now meal packaging program was created to give dedicated individuals the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s poor and hungry. In 2014, Stop Hunger Now and its global affiliates packaged 50.6 million meals.

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.

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world-class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.