Last Friday, we were joined by area high school students at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster to pack meals with Stop Hunger Now. We had a larger than anticipated turnout and in just a couple hours, we were able to pack 15,000 meals (our original goal was 10,000)!
Stop Hunger Now distributes meals through food programs operated by partner organizations — groups like Central American Relief Efforts — 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 crucial to address global issues.
Partnerships with organizations like Stop Hunger Now have enabled us to send full 40-foot shipping containers of food to Honduras to distribute to partner schools in need. When we receive these shipments, we can run year-long school lunch programs in 30 schools. Our food program targets some of the poorest communities in southern Honduras, where this may be the only meal a child receives in a day.
As a result of the food program, we’ve seen increased school attendance, teachers have reported that the students pay more attention in class and get better grades. Another outcome of the program is that the project has brought the families of the community together — parents take turns preparing the meals for school children. The food packages come as a dehydrated, vitamin-enhanced rice-soy mix, but families in the beneficiary schools have come up with awesome menus to keep some variety, making soup one day, using the food as filling for tacos or pastelitos the next, and so on.
Overall, the program has been able to effectively target those who need this type of assistance the most, and we’ve seen fantastic outcomes. THANK YOU to everyone who participated in last Friday’s event!