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To end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
Stop Hunger Now operates a unique meal packaging program that has organized more than 200,000 volunteers who have packaged more than 82 million meals for distribution in developing countries. The packaging operation is mobile - it can go wherever volunteers are located ~ and can be scaled to accommodate as few as 25 or as many as 500 volunteers at a time. One SHN packaging event can result in the packaging of more than 1,000,000 meals. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across a broad cross-section of the U. S. population.
In its use of volunteers, SHN has found a way to turn product packaging into a social, fund-raising, and educational event - an occasion that allows people who would not normally have an opportunity to serve and to learn more about global hunger and poverty issues, but also, and most important, play a personal role in and actually do something about those issues. Volunteering with Stop Hunger Now offers a wonderful volunteer opportunity for corporations, civic groups, youth groups, colleges and universities, congregations, civic groups and social clubs.
The meals that are packaged are a high-protein casserole that includes rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a vitamin fortified flavoring mixture with 21 essential vitamins. Each package contains six nutritious servings at a cost of 25 cents per serving. Since the inception of the meal packaging program in December 2005, these packaged meals have been used primarily to support school feeding programs in developing countries. Stop Hunger Now and hunger experts agree that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. Targeting hunger - specifically by supporting school feeding programs - leverages support to other causes including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children.