Changing The World
Stop Hunger Now has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger since 1998. Every year, with the help of our hands-on volunteers, we provide millions of nutritious meals and other life-saving aid to children and families all over the world. The collaboration between Stop Hunger Now staff, volunteers and in-country partners make our efforts a growing success every year in our mission to end hunger.
Who It Impacts
A rainy day is no excuse to stay inside in Bukidnon, in the northern Mindanao region of Philippines. Women trek to a HELP (Humanitarian Efforts to Lessen Poverty) Foundation training center, miles away from their homes with the promise of food and community lifting them along the way. Tola Saliring of the HELP Foundation manages the feeding program, distributing Stop Hunger Now meals to the mothers who make the journey, eager to care for their families and provide a healthy life for their children.
“Stop Hunger Now meal packets will serve as a lifeline for these communities,” Tola declares. “Education paired with the meals equals sustainability for communities, allowing them the freedom to focus on larger issues.”
It is important to recognize the significance of giving these mothers the skills to keep their children healthy for a lifetime, not just meals to keep their bellies full for a day. Every two weeks, lectures at the training center educate the mothers on how to properly cook the meals and on basic nutritional fundamentals. Mothers also learn about issues such as childhood diseases, alternative livelihood and sustaining their lives, not just by rice alone.
The mission of the HELP Foundation is to lessen poverty of underprivileged children in the Philippines.
Read HERE about our other partners.
How We Do It – With Volunteers, Like YOU!
My name is Davis Crews and I’m 15 years old. I learned about Stop Hunger Now in 2011. Since then, I’ve been involved in packaging over a million meals. I’m not sure what the exact total is, but it is over a million. I love the packaging events. A lot of times you raise money, send a check somewhere and you never see what happens with it, but with the Stop Hunger Now packaging event, you have raised this money, you have worked hard to do that, but there is still another step to it; You have to get the volunteers and they get to touch the rice, pour the soy into the bags, seal them and package them up, and see the truck pull out and know exactly where it’s going at that point. It is just an amazing feeling to see that accomplishment. My favorite job is probably pouring rice into the bag. As I said, touching the rice, it’s the actual tangible result of fundraising and all the work you have done and you know there is a face going behind that rice and you know you are saving somebody with the meals you are packaging.
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Why We Do It – Because We Love Our Job!
I work at Stop Hunger Now because – like the majority of our staff – I want to help people. I have a heart for service, and from my humble beginnings volunteering as a Cub Scout to my current role with Stop Hunger Now, my greatest accomplishment in life has been helping others. During my time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize from 2004-2006, I primarily taught about HIV/AIDS, but I also helped provide hot lunches to approximately 150-200 school-children every Monday through Friday during their school year. I became more acutely aware of the power that food provides, and how it empowers students to excel in their studies, and in their lives. Since joining Stop Hunger Now in 2009, I’ve seen our meals distributed in Romania, Haiti, Vietnam, and the Philippines. A few sentences can’t do justice to how I feel, but I will say that nothing at Stop Hunger Now is more edifying than when I see kids eating our meals. Albert Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Being at Stop Hunger Now enables me to strive at being a man of both success and value. I may not be the starting center-fielder for the Nats, but at Stop Hunger Now, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.”
Dominic Alexander, Regional Program Manager