MADISON, NJ - The United Methodist Church in Madison is looking for volunteers that are still needed for the third annual meal-packing event for Stop Hunger Now (SHN) Saturday May 21 at Madison High School cafeteria.  The event is from 3p.m. to 5p.m.

Working in an assembly-line style, 100 volunteers ranging from Scouts to college students to church groups will measure dry ingredients as they pack 25,000 individual meals for distribution world-wide – and have fun doing it. 

“Since our first event in 2014, we have doubled in size, outgrown our space, and opened up the event to the community,” said Amy Cobb an organizer of the event.

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“This year we are expecting other church groups, the Boy Scouts, Drew University students, and members from the community at large. We hope 100 to 130 people will show up.”

The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a packet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The meals are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief, according to the Stop Hunger Now website. The food is stored easily, transported quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.

Stop Hunger Now distributes meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are part of the movement to address global issues.

“For two hours, we danced our way through the assembly line, packaged more than our targeted goal and finished just before the bell rang. We were amazed how quickly the whole process went and what a huge payoff it was. We felt great!” said Cobb.

SHN gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. It was established in 1998 and has provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries. 

A voluntary donation will be accepted at the door to help cover the $7,000 needed to pay for the meals.

To sign up, call the church at 973-377-1231 or email church@umcmadison.org. Volunteers are also welcome to just show up at the event.