Cokes Chapel UMC
Stop Hunger Now meal packing event today
by Staff Reports
Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church will be doing what it can to alleviate hunger today.
The church is holding a “Stop Hunger Now” packaging event. The goal is to prepare an estimated 30,000 high protein, nutritious meals for schools and orphanages in developing countries.
The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with volunteers unloading supplies that will be for repacked into smaller units. The event concludes at 1:30 p.m. as the prepared food items are reloaded for transport to their intended final destination.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid in 83 countries around the world.
“Without the generous support of Cokes Chapel members, our childcare center, and the community, this event wouldn’t be possible,” said Mark Jordan, pastor of the church near Sharpsburg.
“We set an ambitious goal of 25,000 meals this year. After meeting the initial goal on Easter Sunday, we decided to strive for more,” he said.
Jordan explained that according to the research he has seen, every three seconds, someone dies from malnutrition – half of whom are children.
“We are called to do what we can to ease suffering to the best of our ability,” he emphasized.
Stop Hunger Now receives significant in-kind contributions of food, medicines, medical supplies and other items that are used to provide relief in crises around the world.
“This event is suitable for families with young children. The public is invited to attend and be part of this worthwhile cause,” Jordan said.