Post and Courier
August 28, 2014

Providence Baptist Church event volunteers box 20,188 meals for global hungry

Posted: 03/30/2014 12:01 a.m.


By Jennifer Berry Hawes

Members of Providence Baptist Church organized volunteers last week to pack more than 20,000 meals to send people in need.

About 135 people, from kids in strollers to a 90-year-old volunteer, gathered at the Daniel Island School as part of a community event organized by the island church to alleviate world hunger.

"The issue of being hungry, really hungry, is something we don't think much about. Our stomachs grumble, but we can go to the pantry to get a snack," says David Woody, the church's minister of faith development. "The folks who will receive the meal bags we packed live in Haiti and Honduras. They experience true hunger."

Volunteers worked assembly line-style to box 20,188 meals in an hour and a half. Each meal included rice, beans, vegetables and a nutrient pack that will be delivered through the international hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now.

More than 868 million people globally lack adequate food, and more than 25,000 die every day from hunger-related illnesses, according to Stop Hunger Now, which coordinates a worldwide food-packing operation.

Providence held its first hunger event in November at the church when volunteers packed 10,000 meals, so many that church leaders decided to open the event to the community.

This time, they doubled the meals packed.

"Packing meals is one way we can reach out and hopefully make a difference in their lives and in the kingdom of God," Woody says. "No one should be hungry. Hopefully, what we did on Saturday morning will help."