Stop Hunger Now’s volunteer-based meal packaging program, Operation Sharehouse, has a significant role in feeding the world. The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The meals are vacuum packed and can be stored up to five years. Recipients prepare the meals using boiling water, which ensures a hot meal and purifies the water that in many areas around the world may be contaminated.
Each member of West Lynchburg’s team was assigned a job. Some poured the rice mixture through a funnel into a bag. Other members weighed the bags and one team member boxed them for shipment.
“Our group had such a good time doing this project that we’ve decided to do it again,” says team member Elizabeth Harris. Their next packaging event will likely be on a Saturday, giving adults who work on weekdays and the church’s youth an opportunity to participate.
Additional information on Stop Hunger Now is available at www.stophungernow.org.
Barbara Francis is a staff writer for the Virginia Religious Herald.