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Over 200 area volunteers help reduce world hunger

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Volunteers packed over 50,000 meals for the hungry.

The Rise Against Hunger organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger. Their 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. 

On the morning of September 22, over 200 volunteers from 26 churches located in the counties of Gloucester, King and Queen, Mathews, Middlesex, and Richmond gathered at Hermitage Baptist Church in Church View for the purpose of partnering with the Rise Against Hunger organization. These 26 churches make up the Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association (MTBA).

The reason for this gathering was for the MTBA to partner with Rise Against Hunger for the purpose of packing 50,112 nutritious meals that will be sent to some of the most undernourished communities in the world. The Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based initiative that coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Each package is enough food for six meals.

The 206 volunteers, made up of children and adults of all ages, began gathering around 9 a.m. and after some orientation and training the assembly-line packing event began. By noon the 50,000 meals’ goal was reached, and there was a loud shout of joy for a job well done. “A project of this magnitude can only be accomplished when there is a willingness and determination of people to come together and work together, regardless of any differences, for the purpose of doing a good deed for others who are less fortunate than any of us who live in the Mid-Tidewater region,” said an association spokesperson. 

To view photos of the Rise Against Hunger Packing Event, visit the MTBA website at http://www.midtidewaterbaptist.org and click on “News” tab. 

posted 10.24.2018

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