Central Baptist participates in Stop Hunger Now event

by Lindy Oller


Children from Central Baptist Church have been helping package meals for a Stop Hunger Now event the week of July 6. Clockwise, from left, Betsy Hoffman, Harrison Lott, Kate Collins, Henry Drake, Genna Gentry, Macy Morgan, Caroline Whaley, Hudson Nestlehutt, Taylor Kate Murphy, Joel Hammond, Ava Kate Welch, Lane McKoon, Lauren Lambert, Clair Lynn Kight, Harris Headley, Marissa VandDrew, Matthew Lefebvre and McRae Child. 

Hunger and starvation affect individuals and families in the United States and around the world.

Central Baptist Church wanted to help provide meals to those who do not have access to an ongoing supply of food. Church members started packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now on Monday. The meal packing has been an ongoing project during the church’s Vacation Bible School week.

Stop Hunger Now is an organization that has been devoted to ending hunger since 1998. The meal packaging program took effect in 2005. The program offers locations where people can volunteer. Several area churches, schools and other organizations have been a part of the Stop Hunger Now events.

The meals that are created combine rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that has 21 essential vitamins. The combined ingredients are placed in a meal packet.

Rebekah Strickland, VBS coordinator at Central Baptist Church, said that this is the first year the church’s Vacation Bible School has participated in a mission project. “We wanted to start a project that showed the children how to give back,” said Strickland.

Children between the ages of 3-13 have taken part in the event. There are 242 children involved with the event. Each age group, Strickland said, is placed in a rotation and is given 30 minutes to help package the meals.

As of Wednesday morning, the team has packed 41 boxes. Each box contains 36 bags. A bag can feed up to six family members.

“We will pack 15,000 meals by Friday,” said Strickland.

For more information about Stop Hunger Now, go to their website at www.stophungernow.org

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