Local volunteers prepare 45,000 meals to help eradicate hunger

Volunteers wait for instructions before packing meals.

By Susan Hardee Steger

February 7, 2022

In less than 2 hours, 200 volunteers packaged 45,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger, an organization whose mission is to eradicate hunger throughout the world. The Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center’s auditorium was transformed into an assembly line of dedicated volunteers, many of whom have participated before.

One group of volunteers, placed soy, dehydrated vegetable, and rice into plastic bags. Another group weighed and sealed packets before being placed in large cardboard boxes for shipping to destinations all over the world. According to Rise Against Hunger, “These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief.”

St Peter’s Episcopal Church led the effort with participation from other area churches.

Each filled packet is then weighed and sealed prior to boxing.
Volunteer Sara Jane Cripe takes on the position of sealer. Hairnets were mandatory for all.