Rise Against Hunger

Groups teaming up to package 100,000 meals

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The Dunn United Ministerial Association and the Dunn Area churches, businesses, civic groups, scouts, and schools are partnering again to package food for Rise Against Hunger in the largest ever event in Dunn. The groups will package over 100,000 meals at a cost of $29,000 with 500 people.

More than 75 area churches and organizations, including the Dunn Rotary Club, will come together for the annual Rise Against Hunger meal packaging initiative on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Dunn Shrine Center located at 211 N. Clinton Ave. in Dunn.

Rise Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. They provide food and nourish lives in schools, vocational training programs, medical clinics, maternal health facilities, child and youth development centers and elder care facilities. They empower communities by incentivizing adults to learn a new trade. They also respond to crises and provide emergency relief.

Event host and team leader Dr. Barbara Bethea said, “The goal this year is to package 100,000 meals. Last year we packaged 84,716 meals, but we have expanded our efforts to partner with more groups so that we can have a greater impact. We are also conducting a food drive for the DUMA Food Pantry the day of the event that will have an immediate local effect. I have a great team helping to organize this event, and we are very excited about this amazing mission outreach.

“Historically, Divine Street United Methodist Church in Dunn first packaged in 2008 with 9,936 meals. Since then we have expanded our partnerships and in 2018 packaged 84,716 meals with 453 volunteers. We are delighted to have so many organizations and people come together to promote a sense of community and have a greater impact on hunger both locally and globally,” Dr. Bethea said.

“Currently we have over 75 churches, businesses, civic organizations, scouts, clubs, schools, and individuals participating Rise Against Hunger. It is not too late to join up and make a contribution or volunteer to help package,” Dr. Bethea said.

Rise Against Hunger will be Saturday, March 23, at the Dunn Shrine Center. Unloading and set up will be from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and packaging from 10 a.m. to noon with clean up immediately afterwards. It is helpful if people can pre-register before the event, but onsite registration will be available. Check in and registration will start at 9:30 a.m.

A limited number of T shirts will be available for $15 cash.

To volunteer or make a donation, go to the website http://events.stophungernow.org/dunnnc.Like the event on Facebook at Rise Against Hunger Dunn Area.

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