Campbell UMC Commits to Stop Hunger
By Gail Jacobs, Campbell UMC
On January 12 Campbell United Methodist Church collaborated with Stop Hunger Now, (www.stophungernow.org), with the goal of bringing together 40 to 50 volunteers to package 10,000 meals in two hours. To the church's surprise, more than 120 people showed up ready to work resulting in 10,212 meals packaged in about 90 minutes. The meals will be distributed around the world to those in need.
Carol and Don Laucella, members of the church's Church and Society committee, attended a similar event held at Los Gatos UMC and after participating were eager to bring the event to their local church. "We produce enough food to feed everyone alive today and yet 25,000 people die every day from malnutrition-related causes," cites Carol.
Karen Sanders Noe, Community Development Director-Northern California for Stop Hunger Now, was overwhelmed with the support. "I thought the event last Saturday at Campbell UMC was a very special and wonderful expression of hands-on giving," said Sanders Noe.
The Rev. Dave Wolf, former pastor of Los Gatos UMC, now serves on the Stop Hunger Now Northern California Advisory Board and notes the organization has deep ties to Methodism. He, too, was at the Campbell event, and believes, "Though Stop Hunger Now involves many civic and denominational groups, I think of it as a natural mission for United Methodists; it is simply the sort of thing United Methodists do. It is an opportunity to practice the 'good works' we preach."
Volunteers gather around tables to assemble and package the meals, which cost 25 cents per serving. Each package consists of a packet of 21 essential vitamins and minerals, dehydrated vegetables, soy, and rice. These ingredients are poured through a funnel into a small plastic bag, which is then weighed to make sure every bag is within the same range for shipping purposes. One bag creates six full-meal servings.
Stop Hunger Now, driven by a vision of a world without hunger, is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. For more information about Stop Hunger Now, visit their website at www.stophungernow.org.