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Jasper United Methodist hosts Stop Hunger Now packing party

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By Suellen Reitz

     Packing a lunch in the morning for kids off to school can take time, but we do it because we love our kids and want them to have the best nutrition possible. How much time do you think it would take to pack 10,000 lunches? Would you believe less than an hour and a half? Come see for yourself Saturday, August 22nd at 10 a.m. at Jasper UMC fellowship hall.

    The Stop Hunger Now program has been supporting the hungry in over 76 different third world countries since 1998.  Each packing party successfully packages 10,000 dehydrated meals that are often served to children in their own school setting.
    The meals consist of dehydrated vegetables, soy protein, rice, spices and added minerals and vitamins.  At a cost of only 25 cents per serving, the six meal packets are a great bargain in helping to stop the hunger rampant throughout the world.  According to statistics from CDC, more than 25,000 people die every day from hunger or hunger related disease.
    Volunteers always have fun at the packing parties as they measure, weigh, seal and pack away the life saving packages of food. Those who have participated in the numerous events over the last few years always want to come back. You’ll see families, teens, and seniors all working side by side in the action packed morning.  With every thousand meals packed, a huge gong is rung by younger volunteers to mark the progress.  It gets me every time!
    Join in the fun and help make a difference in the lunches kids around the world have to eat.  It may not have the same ingredients as the meals you prepare each morning, but the love is still there for the kids that receive the gift.
    Help make a difference this Saturday, Aug. 22nd at 10 a.m. JUMC Fellowship Hall. We’ll see you there!