Ten thousand meals packaged in Wrightsville Beach are on their way to Haiti.
Local Stop Hunger Now project organizer, Lisa Weeks said in an announcement on Monday, Feb. 25 that the meals packaged locally had been shipped from Kinston that morning, along with other meals that totaled 285,120.
“The meals will be received by our in-country partner, Reach Now International Inc. in Haiti,” Weeks said. “They work through joint projects with other organizations in the U.S. and overseas.”
Reach Now is a nonprofit international Evangelistic missions organization founded by Bill and Leslie Meyer. While targeting orphans, refugees, internally displaced people affected by war, governmental situations, poverty, persecution or natural conditions and calamities, the Reach Now mission is to provide gospel and practical help.
After months of planning and fundraising, the Stop Hunger Now meal-packaging project postponed last October by Hurricane Sandy, prevailed on Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Wrightsville United Methodist Church.
Along with a $1,000 donation from the Wrightsville Beach Foundation, area churches raised the $2,500 needed for 10,000 meals to be packaged, which breaks down to 25 cents per meal.
More than 100 volunteers assembled 10,314 meals that were driven away to the Stop Hunger Now warehouse in Kinston, N.C.
Stop Hunger Now is a Raleigh-based volunteer organization that provides dehydrated meals to families in need worldwide. The organization also responds to emergencies by packaging, shipping and organizing the distribution of donated medicines, food and medical supplies to areas in recovery.
Weeks also said that a portion of the meals packaged in Wrightsville Beach have gone on to multiple programs. For updates, videos and photos from the field, visit Stop Hunger Now’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stophungernow
For more information about the organization or to get involved, visit www.stophungernow.org