Nederland Community Church has partnered with Rise Against Hunger (formerly called Stop Hunger Now) for the last two years, to provide nutritious food to poor children in international poverty. In 2015 our little church packed over 10,000 meals that were sent to schools in South Sudan, and in 2016 we managed 11,000 meals for kids in El Salvador. Now we are aiming toward 17,000 meals in 2017!
The church has welcomed folks from all around the community (Lions Club, Teens Inc, Girl Scouts, Nederland Seniors, and anyone who wants to be involved) to join in the packing sessions. We take huge bags of rice, dried veg, protein & vitamins, and turn those into smaller meals that can be cooked at schools, orphanages, hospitals, and homes in disaster affected areas. The effect for Nederland is amazing, to watch people of all ages having fun, talking to neighbors, and offering compassion in a hands-on way. The effect for the children afar is even greater, as they receive what is often their only meal of the day; and more than just affecting the day’s hunger, by sourcing the meals to schools (about 85% of RAH’s work), we encourage parents to send kids to learn, thereby breaking the endemic cycle of poverty.
RAH has sent hundreds of millions of meals to dozens of countries, over the last decade. In America they typically partner with businesses, colleges, faith based communities, and other organizations, to build relationships as they pack meals. Abroad they vet and partner with many schools and organizations that offer other services, such as education, clean water, and women’s empowerment, so that lives can be transformed holistically. Our church is, of course, a religious institution, but RAH is a secular agency, committed to the sorts of values that we also care about, namely human care-taking and justice for all.
Meals cost us about 34 cents to pack and ship. So, it only takes a little change to make a large difference! You can join our efforts by donating to our RAH fund. Go to our online giving site, and designate in the Notes that you want your offering to support Rise Against Hunger. We hold none of your gift for our own administration, so that 100% of your donation goes to RAH, in order that they can purchase, pack, ship, and manage hunger relief around the world.