For a volunteer opportunity or to teach your children about the topic of world hunger and serving together consider volunteering this weekend, alongside other residents of Harrisburg who will make a big difference in a small amount of time.
April 24 from 9 a.m.-noon, church and community volunteers will package 20,000 meals at Harrisburg United Methodist Church, located at 4560 Highway 49 South. This community effort is part of Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization.
Stop Hunger Now's meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. These meals cost 25 cents each to create and are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries.
According to De Hillyer, chairman of the Communications Committee for the Harrisburg event, it will take approximately 80 volunteers to package 20,000 meals. "We have had a wonderful response from the community so far, but could use many more volunteers," Hillyer said. There are no age restrictions but signed permission slips will be required for minors. When registering, volunteers can choose the time perion they would like to volunteer.
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"This is definitely not a church event, it is a community event. It is so easy for all of us, at times, to not know what is going on in our communities and around the world. This event will bring everyone together for a common goal," said Pat Miller the volunteer coordinator.
The exact destination of the meals packaged during the event will be determined according to the immediate need around the world. "Our goal is to raise $5,000 to enable us to package 20,000 meals. We are hopeful that many will be willing to contribute financially or with their time, to this community ministry.