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Heartland Community Church packaged over 285,000 meals to be sent to El Salvador

(Kansas City, 12/31/2017) – Members of Heartland Community Church spent their New Year’s Eve with Rise Against Hunger’s Kansas City location to package nutritious meals for the world’s most vulnerable. More than 1,600 volunteers of all ages from across Kansas spent over eight hours packaging a total of 285,120 meals, about one container, marking their 1 millionth meal with Rise Against Hunger. Meals from this event are projected to be sent to El Salvador.

“Being able to serve really filled my cup up. While the task seemed small at first, the collective work will truly bless many,” said Michael McGill, a volunteer at the event.

Rise Against Hunger, headquartered in Raleigh N.C., is dedicated to ending world hunger — a cause currently affecting 815 million people in the world. The organization opened its Kansas City location in 2012, which has since facilitated the packaging of 1.35 million highly nutritious, rice-based meals.

“Partnering with Heartland Community Church on this project was an incredible experience,” said Joe Falter, Community Engagement Manager at Rise Against Hunger. “To see families young and old alike serving on the last day of 2017 was inspiring to say the least.”

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization, the world does produce enough food to the global population. This fact, and a vision of showing the world that it is possible to end hunger in our lifetime are driving factors behind Rise Against Hunger’s mission to end hunger by the year 2030.

Founded in 1998, Rise Against Hunger has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical aid, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other people in need in 74 countries. With 20 locations in the U.S. and five international offices, Rise Against Hunger has facilitated the packaging of over 371 million meals.

“I got to spend my New Year’s Eve being the hands and feet of love — and for that I am truly grateful!” said McGill

About Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 20 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger movement. Since its start in Raleigh N.C., Rise Against Hunger has engaged thousands of volunteers to package 371 million highly nutritious meals to be distributed to 74 countries around the globe.

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