News

Congregations partner to battle world hunger

St. Paul’s UMC and Grace Lutheran Church members and community volunteers package meals Saturday for Stop Hunger Now.
St. Paul’s UMC and Grace Lutheran Church members and community volunteers package meals Saturday for Stop Hunger Now. Photo provided

It only took two congregations a couple of months to raise about $5,900 as part of an effort to help with the Stop Hunger Now campaign.

St. Paul’s United Methodist and Grace Lutheran churches of State College then put that money toward buying the food needed to prepare thousands of meals.

On Saturday, about 150 church and community volunteers gathered at the Miller Center at Grace Lutheran to pack 20,000 meals that will be distributed to those in need around the world.

During three, two-hour shifts, the volunteers formed an assembly line and took different responsibilities. By 3 p.m. Saturday, all meals were packed in a truck that was headed to a Philadelphia distribution center.

St. Paul’s member Bonnie Johnson said the effort was sparked after she and her husband attended a conference last year that promoted the program.

“There is no reason why a child should go hungry anywhere in this world,” Johnson said. “We’re helping alleviate that. ... I’m simply following by Christ’s example.”

The Stop Hunger Now initiative is an international hunger-relief program that coordinates the packing and distribution of food to those in crisis.

Each meal costs 29 cents, Johnson said.

The effort is being held in conjunction with the CROP Hunger Walk — a church service fundraising program that will be held Sunday afternoon.

  Comments