On May 20, 2012, the youth of Pinson UMC hosted a Stop Hunger Now party for the Pinson congregation and local community during which volunteers packed 10,000 meals.
Through the Stop Hunger Now assembly process volunteers combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly and has a shelf-life of five years.
Pinson UMC pastor Rev. Bob Murray explains, “The youth were looking to be bold in their ministry, so they educated themselves about world hunger and fundraised for 10,000 meals. Not only did Pinson UMC reach their goal, but they also exceeded it.”
The youth have decided to use the remaining funds they raised to support food programs on a local, state, and national level.
Rev. Murray adds, “The youth are currently looking forward to continuing their call of ‘feeding the hungry’.”