For the third year in a row, Awestruck will add feeding thousands and thousands of people overseas to it’s summer bucket list items.
Before the Festival, all Project Awestruck participants will spend 3 hours Saturday morning packaging 10,000 meals for those in need, a project developed by Stop Hunger Now.
Who is Stop Hunger Now?
Stop Hunger Now is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
What They Do
Since our founding in 1998, they have provided over 225 million meals in 73 countries. This year, they will package 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid, mainly vitamins and medical supplies.
Based in Raleigh, N.C., they operate meal-packaging programs at 20 cities in the U.S. and in South Africa, Malaysia, India, Italy, Peru and the Philippines.
They have engaged over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers in meal-packaging. In just under two hours, a group of 40 to 50 volunteers can package 10,152 nutrient-rich meals for the undernourished globally. They also educate volunteers about hunger and inspire them to help end it.
How They Do It
They distribute meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are crucial to address global issues.
They also provide meals in response to crises as well as cash grants to organizations in developing countries. In 2013, we distributed $252,800 in grants supporting education projects, providing school supplies, and assisting victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
They count on donors for funds to operate our programs, and for in-kind contributions of food and other life-saving aid. In 2013, donors contributed nearly $12 million, including $9 million worth of donated goods through 48 shipments to 16 countries. They are responsible stewards of donations they receive, investing 87.9 percent of expenses in our programs.
For more information go to Stop Hunger Now‘s website