HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 29, 2012 - Assembling 10,000 meal packs may seem like a lofty task, but members of the High Point University Civitan Club took the challenge in stride by packing the meals in a high-energy atmosphere at the Slane Gym as part of the "Stop Hunger Now" event.
The Civitan Club raised funds through the spring and summer for materials to create the meal packs, which will feed the hungry across the globe. They assembled 10,000 meal packs in a 4-hour span on Aug. 28, and each meal includes 21 essential vitamins and nutrients.
Scott Skowronski, junior and student president of the HPU Civitan Club, said the purpose of the event was to recognize the fact that many people around the world don't know where their next meal is coming from.
"What we're doing is important because we often take things for granted here in the U.S.," says Skowronski. "It's important to remember that there are many people out there who don't have life's basic necessities, and we want to do everything we can to help them."
"At the meal-packaging event, the students wore T-shirts that said, 'MY HANDS do the work of the world' and 'reach out in service to others' on the back," says Dr. Daniel Hall, who advises the club. "Their dedication has truly added meaning to this line in our Civitan's Creed."
The meals that HPU students assembled will be distributed through Stop Hunger Now, a Raleigh-based international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger since its inception in 1998. The agency helps coordinate efforts to distribute the meal packs internationally to areas with food emergencies. The meal packing program began in 2005, and since then, more than 100,000 volunteers have packaged nearly 30 million meals to feed the world's impoverished.
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Civitan Club Packs 10,000 Meals as Part of 'Stop Hunger Now' Event
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