Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Stop Hunger Now Service Project: 20,000 Meals in One Hour

Members of First Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, Georgia, package meals for Stop Hunger Now. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books
A couple of weeks ago, members of my church did an extraordinary thing ~ we packaged 20,000 meals in under an hour. Not exactly the Biblical loaves and fishes, but extraordinary nonetheless. We donned hairnets and sanitized our hands and assembled around tables as a representative from Stop Hunger Now talked us through the creation of the meal - a rice mixed with a nutritious (and vegetarian) flavoring supplement. The packages were sealed and boxed and in a little over an hour, we had created more than 20,000 meals that were shipped overseas to help children and families.

One of the great aspects of this service project is the variety of tasks involved and that there is a job for every age group.

The sanitizing station.

With every 1,000 packages, the gong is sounded.

When the bags are filled, the call is made for a "runner."

For more information about Stop Hunger Now, check out their website

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