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Ferrum to celebrate Founders Day with Stop Hunger Now event
Volunteers will package 50,000 meals
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Courtesy Photo: Ferrum College will host a Stop Hunger Now event on Feb. 8. Above, volunteers package meals during the 2012 event.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ferrum College will celebrate its Founders Day on Saturday, Feb. 8 with a Stop Hunger Now volunteer meal packaging effort.

This will be the seventh year when churches of all denominations, community groups and Ferrum students, faculty and staff come together to help alleviate worldwide hunger in a tangible way.

This year's goal is to package 50,000 nutritious meals in two hours from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the campus YMCA.

The volunteers are also invited to take part in a service of worship and song at 9 a.m. in Vaughn Chapel, and enjoy an informal "soup supper" at the YMCA immediately following the meal packaging. 

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that distributes food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries worldwide.

"Stop Hunger Now has had the great privilege of working with Ferrum College students, faculty, staff and local church and community groups over the past years," said Troy Henderson, Stop Hunger Now program manager in Lynchburg. "Their hard work and generosity have given sustenance and hope to thousands of children around the world."

This year's meals will likely go to schools in Haiti or Africa, where the need is great, Henderson said.  

"By incorporating the first 'Celebrating Our Founders Day' with our long-time partnership with Stop Hunger Now, we are honoring and commemorating our selfless founders in a profound and appropriate way," said Ferrum President Jennifer Braaten. "Those early visionaries embodied sacrifice and inspired our motto, 'Not Self, But Others.' This event, supported by generous donations of time, talent and funds from church members, community organizations and the campus, proves that our historic motto has continued to flourish in the extraordinary selflessness of our steadfast friends of Ferrum." 

Volunteers and anyone wishing to donate by credit card can register by visiting the Stop Hunger Now website. Donations may also be made by sending a check made out to "Stop Hunger Now" to Ferrum College in care of Rol Walters, 445 Ferrum Mountain Road, Ferrum, Va. 24088.

For additional information, email or call 540-365-4267.

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