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Happy Helpers Work to Stop Hunger Now

Posted August 25, 2007 10:58 p.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2007 11:35 p.m. EDT

— Volunteers worked at a frenzied pace Saturday at N.C. State as part of a record-breaking effort to pack up meals for third-world countries.

The Raleigh-based International Relief Organization, Stop Hunger Now, makes it an annual event with N.C. State and other businesses.

This year was bigger than ever with 1,500 volunteers and $60,000 from sponsors. Volunteers packed a record-breaking 301,752 meals, according to organizers.

“Volunteering is very important to everyone here,” said N.C. State student Rob Boggs.

Each bag of food contained four ingredients: rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix. One bag had enough for six individual meals. At 20 cents per meal, it was quite a bargain, organizers said.

“For about the same cost as a bag of Ramen Noodles, it's got about three times the amount of nutrients,” said Rod Brooks, CEO of Stop Hunger Now.

The meals will be sent to places such as earthquake-damaged Peru, where hunger and good nutrition are issues.

“You always gotta give back. You have to set an example for your children,” said Paula Harrison, who was volunteering with her daughter.

The meals will take four to six weeks to reach their destination, organizers said. They'll be shipped to Peru and to Haiti for a school lunch program.