SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In a time of year marked by good will charitable deeds, Springfield's came together on Thursday night to do one such deed.
Rise Against Hunger, a charity that uses volunteer help to pack and ship meals overseas to those less fortunate came back for what has become an annual event at the Chisholm Community Center. Over the course of three hours, volunteers packed, sealed and stacked the meal packet containers headed overseas.
For Rise Against Hunger Assistant Community Engagement Manager Nick DeMare, having consistent support is key, and an event like Springfield, where people come out every year is key.
"Growing the movement is one of Rise Against Hunger's core pillars," DiMare said. "Being able to come back year after year helps us complete that core pillar and be able to put these events on that will overall be able to feed hungry children around the world."
DiMare also said that Springfield in particular is a reliable partner for the event each year.
When the final bags came down off the assembly line, the final tall was a staggering 30,024 lunches made. The number is slightly different from the final tally served, as each meal packet can feed more than one person.
Chris White, a teacher at Jonathan Dayton High School and advisor or the school's National Honor Society brought a dozen kids to help at this year's event. As White said the event is a great chance for his students to finish off their district-mandated volunteer hours.
"This is the second year we've done it," White said. "Probably about a dozen kids this year, the same-maybe a couple more last year, but it's a really good event that helps kids reach their service hours requirement through the school. And everyone has a really good time and it's for a good cause, so [we] look forward to doing it again next year as well."
To learn more about what Rise Against Hunger does, checkout the following link: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/how-we-work/