Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ding! Ding! And the Annual Hunger Fight begins...

While not affiliated with Oxfam America, we can’t pass up the opportunity to share what another local organization is doing to fight global hunger. Meals from the Heartland (started in 2008), utilizes large groups of volunteers to package rice, TVP, dehydrated veggies, and vitamins together to help feed starving people around the world. Starting yesterday (8/29), MFTH began their Annual Hunger Fight, a push to package 5 million meals which provides 30 million servings. 15,000 volunteers comprised of mostly Iocal Iowans work 2-hour shifts assembling the ingredients at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa (what MFTH calls “The Hunger Fighting Capital of the World”).

The first day of the 2012 Annual Hunger Fight saw nearly 1.3 million meals packaged. While 5 million meals will not deliver a T.K.O. to global hunger, it does show that at least 15,000 people here in Iowa don’t think its right that 1 billion people go to bed hungry every night. That’s where Oxfam America steps in – to create those lasting solutions to poverty, so that a day may come when we can, together, deliver a massive blow to global hunger and the work of organizations like MFTH is needed far less.

Check out a local media video clip here about this year’s Annual Hunger Fight. Oh, and you might want a tissue…

A young girl scoops up dehydrated veggies. No
matter your age- you, too, can fight global hunger!

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