Pierce Chapel UMC to prepare meal packets for the hungry

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 7, 2014 

Members of Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church plan to have a barrel of fun this afternoon as they feed the hungry.

"We hope to prepare 14,280 meal packets," said the Rev. Howard White.

There will be 127 members of the Midland, Ga., church working for about two hours beginning at 2 p.m.

White said the food packing event will be directed by Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency headquartered in North Carolina. It has been in operation since 1998.

The meal packets will be sent to an unknown foreign country to help the needy.

The cost of each meal is 25 cents.

Pierce Chapel raised $3,570 for the event.

Participants will work in an assembly line set up in the worship center.

Each clear, water-proof bag will contain a combination of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins.

Stop Hunger Now provides the food that comes in big barrels.

The food has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. White said Stop Hunger Now works with international partners who ship and distribute the food.

"It gives people here a chance to achieve something," White said of the event. "It is also a lot of fun."

White and his family have participated in a similar event in Macon, Ga., at the annual conference of the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

"Everything is done in high-energy fashion," he said. "There is a lot of loud music and when a goal is reached, bells go off."

Participants in the packing event are volunteers.

Stop Hunger Now has packaged more than 136 million meals for some 65 countries since its inception.

Pierce Chapel is conducting the event as part of a mission awareness event called Global Impact Celebration.

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