Volunteers pack 25,000 meals for hunger relief ministry

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Members from eight local churches, volunteers and Girl Scouts packed 25,056 meals for Rise Against Hunger at Evansdale United Methodist Church on May 4.

The hunger relief effort drew more than 100 volunteers, Evansdale UMC Pastor Bob Rose said, including one person in a wheelchair, another walking with the help of a cane and another on oxygen. Evansdale began hosting Rise Against Hunger drives seven years ago and has provided more than a quarter-million meals.

“The Evansdale group has packed 230,570 meals over seven events, and this event will cross the 250,000 meal mark,” Rose said. “While some were first-timers at a meal-packing event, various churches and groups have joined in each year. Several of these churches and groups are now hosting their own events.”

In two hours and 15 minutes, volunteers loaded a truck with meals packed in boxes ready to be shipped.

Rise Against Hunger provides bags consisting of rice, dried vegetables and vitamin packs to be assembled into meal kits and shipped for international delivery. Since forming in 1998, the nonprofit has distributed meals to 72 countries.

Participating groups included Evansdale, West Nash, Eureka, Buckhorn, Kenly, Mount Pleasant and Winstead United Methodist churches, the Eastern Pines Church of Christ and Girl Scout Troop 1284 members and their families.

Rose thanked the scouts and church members “ as well as the other individuals who showed up with a spirit of self-sacrifice and pitched in.”

“Praise God for what he is doing through the Rise Against Hunger ministry to meet the most basic of needs of families around the world,” Rose said. “And, thank Him for using us to help.”

Evansdale United Methodist is located at 4334 Evansdale Road south of Wilson.