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Stop Hunger Now event set at Ferrum College
Students join church, community members to package meals
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Courtesy Photo: Students at Ferrum College join community members to package meals for the Stop Hunger Now project last year. This year’s event is Friday, Aug. 29 at the campus YMCA.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Over 600 Ferrum College freshmen and other new students will join hundreds of local church and community members to package 50,000 nutritious meals for the hungry during the college's annual Stop Hunger Now event.

This year's meal packaging will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campus YMCA.

In addition to helping to alleviate worldwide hunger in a tangible way, the Stop Hunger Now event on campus enables new Ferrum students to experience first-hand a way in which they can experience the college's motto, "Not Self, But Others."

"Our new students will be urged to begin their Ferrum journey in a truly selfless way by working alongside community and church members to pack thousands of meals for those in dire need," said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten.

"There's more to college than school and partying," said Walter Hughes, a former member of the Ferrum Board of Trustees, who plays a major role as a church and community organizer of the event. "Dr. Braaten strongly believes in the importance of setting a positive tone at the outset for the four years the students are on campus. This effort shows them how they can make a real difference in people's lives."

Ferrum College Dean of the Chapel Jan Nicholson echoed those sentiments.

"Stop Hunger Now allows us to join hands with others in our community and around the world to feed those who are not able to feed themselves," she said. "What an honor! Who knows whose life might be changed because we chose to think of others before ourselves."

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that distributes food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries worldwide. Through its meal-packaging program, volunteers package highly nutritious dehydrated meals to feed the world's most impoverished people. These life-saving meals combine rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, flavoring and a mixture of 21 vitamins and minerals into six-serving bags that are easy to transport, have a long shelf life and cost only 29 cents per meal to create. All costs are covered by donations.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, contact Rol Walters at 540-365-4267 or rwalters@ferrum.edu, or Walter Hughes at 540-493-4715 or walterkhughes@gmail.com.

For more information about Stop Hunger Now, visit www.stophungernow.org.

 
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