Stop Hunger Now is program that sponsors meal packing events, and sends the end results to areas around the world displaying need. I feel the program entirely distinguishes itself from other food drives or charity events. The focus isn’t on how much money you donated or how many canned foods you showed up with, but on your physical presence and participation.
It is incredibly eye opening to look at the prepackaged meals we produce, and know that the contents may be all a child has to eat – when is the last time most of these college kids had no option but dehydrated soy, rice, and a scoop of veggie mix? The program volunteers do a great job educating participants on global hunger and emphasizing why the work done during Meal Packaging Events are so important to so many people.
The packing activity itself was a bonding experience for ECM, in my opinion. Doing any work in solidarity feels supportive and important, and Stop Hunger Now’s goals and circulating volunteers provided fodder for important discussion and points to remember.
It is both humbling and motivating to know that a couple hours and a little bit of energy can make an impact. Somewhere in the world, someone will be eating the meals we packaged. Heightened food security is linked to so many other positives for a community, starting with education. Students who receive a meal during school focus better and attend more often, providing some chance to break cycles of poverty and grow beyond current social and health problems. In the circumstances that many of these recipients face, every bit counts and progress starts with the basics. It is humbling, but also encouraging to play a hands on (literally) role in the possibility of facilitating that progress.