Roll up your sleeves to stop hunger now!

After a season of overeating and feasting, it’s important to be reminded that one in every nine people on our planet still go to bed hungry each night. According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. It’s also important to be reminded that we can do something about world hunger.

Stop Hunger Now is an organization whose mission is to end world hunger and they approach it by engaging local communities in packing individual, nutritionally dense, grain-based meals. Just 29 cents buys a meal! Meals are packed assembly-line fashion and 50 people spending two hours can pack 10,000 meals. These meals are shipped to the neediest places in the world with in-country partners in 71 countries. Volunteers at Stop Hunger Now events can engage in the effort to end hunger while participating in a fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age.

There is a local meal packing event at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road, on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2-4 p.m. and the community is invited to participate. There are two ways to help: donate and/or serve! With each meal costing just 29 cents, let’s raise enough money to beat last year’s  total of 12,000 meals packed! It costs $3,480 to provide 12,000 meals and with your help we can meet the goal. You can also help by bringing the whole family to set up, pack meals or tear down. Please sign up to participate by visiting westlakeumc.org or calling the church office at 440-871-3088. Show up, roll up your sleeves and know you will be making a difference in the life of a starving child.

Ellie Peiffer

Small Group & Welcoming Ministries Associate at Westlake United Methodist Church

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.05.2016