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In late November, 2017, a container holding 285,120 meals was shipped by Rise Against Hunger to its partner, ORPHANetwork an organization that nourishes lives through food assistance and other services in Nicaragua. The 50,112 meals we packaged the previous month were a part of that shipment. This brings the total meals Williamsburg Presbyterian Church has packaged since 2010 to 314,280. On Saturday, October 27, 2018, we will have our ninth opportunity to again contribute to solving the world’s hunger problem.
Rise Against Hunger believes everyone on the planet has the right to the nutrition necessary to live life to his or her full potential. Since its founding in 1998, Rise Against Hunger has grown exponentially — and in ways which not only seek to relieve a crisis, but also to end hunger altogether.
Williamsburg Presbyterian Church has been a partner it Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program, but the organization is also involved in implementing sustainable community development projects.
Rise Against Hunger’s long-term projects bolster local agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access. With training and access to quality seeds and fertilizers, farmers can increase production and harvest a variety of nutritious crops.
By supporting the establishment of fish and livestock production, Rise Against Hunger provides pathways to diversifying diets and improving nutritional outcomes. For those who do not grow their own food, income is a key determinant in being food secure. Through income generating activities Rise Against Hunger help individuals increase their earning potential and thus their consistent access to food.
While its long-term food security projects take root, vulnerable families and individuals still need to meet their basic daily food needs. Rise Against Hunger’s volunteer-packaged meals support children’s attendance at school, incentivize adults to learn a new trade, and bolster recipients’ health.
On Saturday, October 27, Williamsburg Presbyterian Church is again privileged to partner with Rise Against Hunger in its battle against hunger. Click here to learn more.