“When Springmoor hosted our first meal-packaging event for STOP HUNGER NOW in 2009, we set our goal at $4,000, but raised twice that. So this time around we were bold enough to set our goal a little higher at $10,000, which means we will be packaging 40,000 meals. The residents and staff had so much fun working and laughing together the first time we did this we knew we would do it again. We set the date for Valentine’s Day as an expression of our love for people around the world,” said Chaplain, Phyllis Mayo. Springmoor certainly did express love for those less fortunate, exceeding this year's fundraising goal by $3,500!
The day began at 8:00am as Springmoor and Stop Hunger Now staff unloaded 50lb. bags of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and other supplies from the truck. Throughout the day residents and staff volunteers packaged the highly nutritious dehydrated rice and soy meals to feed the world’s most impoverished. These life-saving meals combine rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, flavoring and a mixture of 21 vitamins and minerals into reasonable servings of six. The meals are easy to transport, have a long shelf life and cost only $0.25 per meal to create. By the end of the day, 50,442 meals had been bagged, sealed, packed in boxes, and loaded back onto the truck, ready for distribution.
(Chaplain Phyllis Mayo with 50,000 meal award)“Springmoor is excited to partner with Stop Hunger Now,” said David Ammos, CEO of the nationally recognized life care residential estate. “We are involved with many charitable organizations and Stop Hunger Now is one of the finest. This event is a great way for our residents to benefit those in need.”
SHN’s meal packaging program currently operates Raleigh, Goldsboro and Charlotte, N.C.; Lynchburg, Hampton Roads and Richmond, Va.; Jackson, Miss.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Durban, South Africa; Philadelphia, Pa.; Atlanta, Ga.; Santa Ana, Cosine the program’s inception, more than 150,000 volunteers have packaged more than 55 million meals. To find out more, visit http://www.stophungernow.org/.