Grace & St. Mary’s Episcopal Churches are setting up for two major events next week. On Friday, September 10th from 6 – 10pm the Parish Hall will be the scene of the much anticipated “Family Fun Night Fundraiser for Famine” to help support a combined effort partnering volunteers from Clarke Parish, Clarke County Ministerial Fellowship, the local Rotary Club and others within thecommunity to purchase the necessary raw materials from STOP HUNGER NOW to package high protein, dehydrated meals as one way to end the global hunger crisis which kills 10.9 million children each year. Then on Saturday, September 11th at 10AM the Parish Hall will be transformed into a human assembly line of volunteers. Their goal — put together 50,000 or more meals to support the world’s most hungry and destitute.
Join in Friday, September 10th from 6 -10pm for a fun-filled family night including a hot dog dinner, popcorn, ice cream, bingo, face painting, games and prizes, silent auction, cake raffle and dancing to the live music of the Backyard Blues Band. Cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child under 16 years of age (All food, games and fun are included in the admission price). All monies raised will purchase raw materials to be used in the STOP HUNGER NOW food packing event the next day.
STOP HUNGER NOW’s meal packaging program predominantly provides meals to support school feeding programs in schools and orphanages around the world. This is a pivotal step because children in impoverished areas are often sent to school if they will be fed. The education they receive is the turning point at which many negative factors such as infant mortality, disease and gender equality are impacted and communities can begin to heal themselves. Established in 1998, STOP HUNGER NOW is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Grace Episcopal Church began partnering with them and others in the community in 2008, raising funds to purchase the raw materials and providing crucial volunteer manpower to package 35,000 meals during their first event followed by 50,000 the next year. The organization is driven by a vision to end world hunger in our lifetime and a mission to provide food and life-saving aid to the world’s most destitute and hungry in the most sustainable, efficient and effective manner. STOP HUNGER NOW’S meal packaging program has provided more than 20 million meals.
Grace is asking for community support for this year’s event in the form of financial sponsorship and volunteers for the food packaging event. Please contact Robin McFillen, Church Administrator at 955-1610.