How often do you see a commercial or hear a dreadful statistic and feel hopeless? The dreadful stat: Approximately 25,000 adults and children died of hunger today. The hope: You can do something about it!
On February 9th, Canterbury United Methodist Church will host a Stop Hunger Now event. They are challenging their membership and the Birmingham community to pack over 100,000 meals. This ambitious project needs your help. Volunteers can sign up for 1.5 hour shifts throughout the day from 6:30am until 7pm. It is a great opportunity to introduce children 5 and older to the idea of service and the church is providing care for younger children at set intervals. It sounds like an inspiring event in addition to the obvious impact on hunger.
Stop Hunger Now is an international organization that has developed a meal packaging plan that enables volunteers (i.e. you and me) to pack economical (each meal costs 25 cents), vitamin-packed, vacuum-sealed foods that can be sent to the hungry all over the world. Through volunteers, the organization has packaged over 37 million meals (it sounds like a lot but over a billion people are hungry).
Stand shoulder to shoulder with your children, your friends and/or your spouse as you help eliminate hunger. To sign up go to the Canterbury UMC Sign Up Page where you can select your shift and note childcare needs. For additional questions, contact Ellen Thomas by email or phone ( or 874-1533).
When considering your plans for February 9th, also consider that over 60% of chronically hungry people are women (probably mothers) and you can help them.
See you on the 9th!