Meal-packaging events are the heart of Rise Against Hunger’s work. Macedonia UMC has hosted an annual meals packaging event since 2008. Our church has packaged over 120,000 meals that have been distributed to those in need around the world. Our 2020 event is scheduled for Sunday, May 17. Between now and May 17, we are raising funds to package 18,000 meals. Each meal costs 34 cents and we will need to raise about $6,120 to meet our meals goal. One of the ways we raise funds is through our annual “red change cup drive” but we also welcome donations by cash or check.
Rise Against Hunger has a mobile operation that delivers ingredients and supplies to the church for our meals packaging event. When it arrives, we help unload all the raw materials and equipment needed for the event. During the event, volunteers work in teams to set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck. It is a wonderful time of fellowship and service for volunteers of all ages!
Packaged meals are distributed by Rise Against Hunger to locations around the world, including countries devastated by war, famine, and natural disasters. In the past, meals packaged by Macedonia UMC have gone to the Philippines, Uganda, and Haiti, to name a few locations.