• Matt Beam

Making Meals to Alleviate Hunger Worldwide

Updated: Jun 22

"And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" In reply he said to them, " Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." - Luke 3:10-11

ORPC Morning Crew

Over 50 members of Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church came together with others to make 40,ooo meals in one day to support Rise Against Hunger. The Mission Ministry Team organizes this day with the Oak Ridge Military Academy and Moravia Moravian Church to create this fun and very necessary intergenerational mission project.

ORPC Afternoon Crew

820 million people worldwide do not have enough food to live a healthy active life. Rise Against Hunger is trying to change that. Rise Against Hunger aligns themselves with the United Nations to have a Sustainable Goal of Zero Hunger. Their goal is to end hunger by 2030. They work in 3 ways:

1. Provide safety net programs in struggling areas that support the journey out of poverty.

2. Respond to emergencies of natural disasters or transitioning political situations where everyday access to food has been destroyed.

3. Empowering communities by bolstering agricultural and livestock production, business skills and access to available markets.

Getting Ready To Package Meals

These strategies have served 794,700 people since 2018 in 78 countries worldwide. The total meals that they and the groups that support them have packaged is 536,617,270. A stunning amount, but a small drop in what is needed.

ORPC along with Moravia Moravian Church and the Oak Ridge Military Academy participated in a meal packaging event. In the cafeteria of the military academy, about 100 people packaged 40,000 meals over the course of 7 hours. Participants ranged in age from 4 on up. Everybody has a job in this assembly line of fun and fellowship.

With motivating an upbeat music playing, you have teams of all ages, in a number of assembly lines, making the packaged meals of soy, vegetables, vitamins, and rice (see video to the left). There is a specific sequence that this has to be done in this fast moving assembly line and everyone must remember that "rice goes last". As groups of meals are made, "runners" collect the meals and take them to folks that weigh and seal the meals. The meals are then boxed. They are now ready to be distributed where there is a need. A fast moving and fulfilling intergenerational mission project that has a very needed impact.

Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church gladly helps Rise Against Hunger's mission of ending hunger worldwide in our lifetime. It is one that is able to have volunteers of all ages help with a meaningful hands on service that has a truly global reach. We look forward to doing it again next year!

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