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Volunteers package meals for world's hungry children
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Volunteers from various local organizations and churches helped package meals for children Saturday at the Pigg River Community Center as part of the Stop Hunger Now program.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Pigg River Community Center Saturday to help feed the world's hungry.

The Stop Hunger Now event, sponsored by the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, collected about $10,000, which was enough for 40,000 meals.

Volunteers manned tables in assembly line style as bags were filled with nutritional meals. Those meals will be sent to feed children in places such as Haiti and Africa.

Churches, Scout troops, Rotary club members, school groups and other organizations participated in the event, both in providing monetary donations and volunteering.

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that began in 1998, coordinating the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Local communities across the country are now participating.

This is the second year the Rotary club has spearheaded the event here. Last year, it raised $7,500 and provided almost 30,000 meals. Ferrum College has also been involved in the program.

Local contributors this year included Danville District United Methodist Church (UMC), Glade Hill Baptist Church, Redwood UMC, Ferrum College, Wes Austin, Boy Scout Troop 129, Girl Scout Troops 3120 and 3178, Boy Scout Troop 130, Maple Grove & Bethany UMC, Jeannie Martin-Earth Environmental, Penhook UMC, Crafts UMC, Florella Johnson, Rock Bridge Baptist Church, Walter Hughes Sr., St. Peter's, Gogginsville UMC, First UMC and Farm Bureau.

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