Shrewsbury – Members of Trinity Episcopal Church assembled and packed 10,000 meal packages March 3 to donate to “STOP HUNGER NOW” (SHN), a Raleigh, N.C.-based international hunger relief organization.
The meal packages consisted of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and seasonings, as well as ??vitamin and mineral packets. Meal packages donated to SHN are then given to sites in countries around the world, including some sites in the United States to support school feeding programs and crisis relief.
An organization that hosts a?SHN?meal packaging event requires a reservation with SHN for?a specific date and a commitment for $2,500?to pay for the ingredients, plastic bags and cardboard shipping boxes needed to prepare 10,000 meal packages, according to the church's publicity coordinator June Coolidge.
It took the 85 church volunteers, ranging in all ages, approximately one-and-a-half hours to assemble and pack the 10,000 meal packages, she noted.
“Rev. Erin Kirby [the church's minister/rector] offered a service of Holy Eucharist when we finished packaging the 10,000 meals,” Coolidge said.
The meal packaging for SHN is part of Trinity church's outreach ministry. For more information, contact Rev. Kirby at [email protected].