Five Birmingham local churches will work together to pack 500,000 meals


On February 15-16, 2012, Canterbury UMC will host a collaborative effort of five Birmingham-area churches to pack 500,000 meals for the international hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now.

Organizers expect 4,000 volunteers to participate in this two day event by taking shifts and working from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. The congregations involved in this outreach effort include Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, Vestavia Hills UMC, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Brookwood Baptist Church, and Canterbury UMC.

Canterbury UMC Director of Outreach & Missions Rachel Estes, says, “Our combined resources, both in volunteers and financially, will result in a tremendous accomplishment for the fight against hunger,”

This will be the second year Canterbury has hosted a Stop Hunger Now Event. Last year, 142,560 meals were pack in 12 hours -- enough meals to fill an entire shipping container. The meals were delivered to school-children in Honduras and provided the students food for an entire month.

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency committed to end hunger. Since its founding in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has provided more than $70 million worth of direct aid and 34 million meals to 72 countries worldwide. The organization launched its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of five years and transports quickly. More information can be found at

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