If you can spare a quarter, you can prevent one child from starving.That is what drives Cabarrus Fighting Hunger, a Mount Pleasant-based organization raising money and packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now, an international agency committed to ending worldwide hunger.On July 27, folks will gather at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church to package meals that will be shipped to children around the world. Each meal costs 25 cents and includes rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a flavoring mix with vitamins and minerals.The goal that day is to package 40,000 meals. For that to happen, Cabarrus Fighting Hunger must raise $10,000.This month’s event will be the third annual packaging day, and in the past the group has relied on church and individual donations to pay the cost. But this year, Cabarrus Fighting Hunger has sponsored several fundraisers.In May, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church was the site of a concert with local groups like Latter Rain, the Golden Trumpets and a community choir made up of members from 12 churches under the direction of Douglas Almond.Greg Furr from Friendship United Methodist Church organized a softball tournament to benefit Cabarrus Fighting Hunger. Five teams competed for nine hours, while raffles and concessions made money for the cause.At the end of June, a $7 ticket bought supporters a pancake breakfast at Applebee’s restaurant, served by volunteers from Cabarrus Fighting Hunger. And there have been other donations along the way. Bojangles’ has made monthly contributions based on sales from designated days.A local artist donated a painting of Jesus feeding children, which will be raffled off at the packaging event on July 27.Thus far, all the donations total about $9,000.So many people and churches have jumped on the Cabarrus Fighting Hunger bandwagon, that it’s hard for organizers to keep track. They’ve made an effort to involve as many and as wide a variety of people as possible and the response has been amazing.Last year, 251 volunteers, many from youth groups, civic organizations, and Scouts, packaged 35,000 meals in about four hours.Anyone is welcome to help out on packaging day. All you have to do is show up, and choose your job.Set-up begins at 8 a.m. and packaging at 9 a.m. Get there early if you want to a specific job, like sealing bags, measuring rice, or carrying supplies.To volunteer with Cabarrus Fighting Hunger or make a donation, call 704-791-2490 and ask for Brian.
Friday, Jul. 12, 2013
Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church to host meal-packing event
Marcia Morris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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