A community can feed the world

by Shannon Rae Gentry
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stop Hunger Now, Saturday, Oct. 27

In conjunction with this year’s inaugural Taste of Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, Oct. 27, there will also be a Stop Hunger Now food-packaging event. Stop Hunger Now is an international, Raleigh-based hunger relief agency that provides nutrient-fortified, dehydrated rice/soy meals to people with vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

The meal-packaging event will be held at 2 p.m. at Wrightsville United Methodist Church at 4 Live Oak Drive, with volunteers from all five surrounding churches and anyone else willing to help. Stop Hunger Now states that a group of 40- 50 volunteers can package 10,000 meals in as little as two hours, but regardless of the numbers, program manager Chris Singleton says the time flies by.

Singleton has been working with Stop Hunger Now projects throughout eastern North Carolina for two years, this being the first in Wrightsville Beach. He believes it’s one of the best ways to bring a community together. 

“It’s also good because you have people working together of all ages,” Singleton said. “We had a 14-year-old boy working with us and he said that ‘this is the best thing our church has ever done.’”

After raising the $2,500 needed for 10,000 meals to be packaged, which breaks down to 25 cents per meal, volunteers are still needed. 

“We certainly need some adults to help unload the 50-pound bags of beans and other supplies that are coming off the truck and package the meals,” said Lisa Weeks, president of the Wrightsville Beach Foundation and Taste of Wrightsville Beach organizer. 

The idea to incorporate Stop Hunger Now came from recently retired Wrightsville Beach Police Department Captain, Teresa Fountain. 

“We started talking and thought it would be a great event to partner with Taste,” Weeks said. With Taste we’re celebrating our many restaurants in the community and we’re very fortunate to be able to enjoy them, but there are a lot of folks in this world that don’t have that luxury. This is a way to raise awareness about that, appreciate what we do have and recognize that others aren’t as fortunate.”

Stop Hunger Now will also have a booth in the downtown area during Taste of Wrightsville Beach, while proceeds from the event will benefit the Stop Hunger Now and Wrightsville Beach Beautification projects.

To donate or volunteer for Stop Hunger Now, click on the link at the bottom of the Taste of Wrightsville Beach page at www.wrightsvillebeachfoundation.org

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