Durham church prepares thousands of meals for the hungry
Posted July 27, 2013
Durham, N.C. — Celebrating their church’s 39th anniversary, members of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Durham gathered Saturday to prepare 10,000 meals that will be delivered to developing countries.
“When you think about helping others...that's our mission. That's what Jesus calls us to do,” said volunteer Stavian Harrison.
Church members joined forces Saturday with “Stop Hunger Now,” an international organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other aid to countries around the world.
The program allows volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated meals that are used in crisis situations, school feeding programs and orphanages in developing countries.
"Our statistics show that every person in the world could have 4.3 pounds of food per day, but it's a distribution problem and an apathy problem,” said Shawn Fischer with Stop Hunger Now.
Each bag of food prepared by members of Peace Missionary Baptist Church feeds 6 people. The bags are shipped to orphanages and schools in developing countries. More than 1 million meals have been delivered to more than 72 countries.
"I hope that my son will see the love and the energy that is here today and know that just 2 hours a day can make a difference in someone's life,” said volunteer Melinda Squires-Nelson.