Some of the many “assembly lines” preparing the food bags.
Rising Against Hunger
In less than two hours, nearly 900 boxes were filled with vitamin-enriched, dehydrated meals for the less fortunate Saturday.
The Rise Against Hunger project, spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Crowley, with assistance from the Crowley Lions Club, saw enormous volunteer support from the Crowley community with an estimated 130 volunteers turning out.
The meals packaged Saturday will feed an estimated 180,144 people, according to Tracy Young, project chairman.
This marked the second year Crowley hosted a Rise Against Hunger project.
“We did 10,000 bags last year,” Young said. “The bags contain rice, soy, dried vegetables and a number of vitamins. Each bag will feed six people.”
With a turnout of “50 or 60” last year, Young decided to up his goal this year to 30,000 bags. He expected the project to take about four hours to complete.
“We had 130 volunteers show up over the course of the event this year and we finished in an hour and 45 minutes,” Young said. “Next year we hope to double what we did this year.”
The mission of Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of the world without hunger.
“There are over 800 million people who go hungry worldwide every day,” Young said. “Rise Against Hunger has a foal to end hunger by 2030.”
The mission of Rise Against Hunger is to end hunger by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
The program was created to give dedicated individuals and organizations the opportunity to participate in a “hands-on” international hunger relief program.
Young added that anyone in the area wanting to host a Rise Against Hunger event can contact him at 783-9528.