Over 792 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to lead a healthy life. As many as 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the world. It is not too late to volunteer for Rise Against Hunger, an initiative whose goal is to end hunger in our lifetime.
Saturday, the Dunn United Ministerial Association and over 75 area churches, businesses, civic groups and other organizations will come together at the Dunn Shrine Center to package meals for people in need around the world.
You can volunteer for the meal packing event or make a donation by going to the website http://events.stophungermnow.org/dunnnc. Donations may be made online or at the door.
Rise Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing food and nourishing lives in schools, vocational training programs, medical clinics, maternal health facilities, child and youth development centers and elder care facilities around the world
Event host and team leader Dr. Barbara Bethea said this year’s goal is to package 100,000 meals at a cost of $29,000, 15,000 meals more than were completed last year.
“We have expanded our efforts to partner with more groups so that we can have a greater impact,” Dr. Bethea said. “We are delighted to have so many organizations and people come together to promote a sense of community and make a difference both locally and globally.”
One of the sponsoring groups is the Rotary Club of Dunn.
“The Rotary Club of Dunn is proud to partner with and support Dr. Bethea and DUMA with the Rise Against Hunger initiative and assist in packaging 100,000 meals for future distribution to those in need and suffering from natural disasters. Rotary is a global organization and this project is representative of what Rotarians can do in service to others,” President John Riley said.
To facilitate a faster, smoother Rise Against Hunger event, it is helpful for volunteers to do so ahead of time, Dr. Bethea said.
People are also invited to bring nonperishable food items for the DUMA Food Pantry.
The Rise Against Hunger meal-packing event will be held Saturday at the Dunn Shrine Center, 211 N. Clinton Ave. in Dunn. Unloading and set up will take place from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and meal packing will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Clean up will follow immediately afterwards. Check in for the event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Those volunteers who have not pre-registered may register during the check-in time at 9:30 a.m.
A limited number of T-shirts will also be available at a cost of $15 each. Like the event on Facebook at Rise Against Hunger Dunn Area.
“I am so proud of our community’s efforts to use their resources and time to help end world hunger,” said Dr. Bethea.