A hungry man can't see right or wrong. He just sees food."
– Pearl S. Buck
One in every nine people on the planet go to bed hungry….
Hunger kills more people each year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
St. Matthew hosted a very successful Community Meal Packing Event for Stop Hunger Now in November 2016. The 43,416 meals we packed brought our three-event total to 115,488 meals from almost $29,000 raised. Those meals have touched lives in Haiti, Columbia, Burundi and Zambia. SHN has told us that our 2016 was the largest event to be run out of the Philadelphia regional office during the fourth quarter of 2016. Plans for another such event in 2018 are already in the formative stages.
Because of this overwhelming community and congregational support, the Social Ministry Committee wants to share some exciting news: Stop Hunger Now has evolved into Rise Against Hunger. Their mission to end hunger remains the same, and they are committed to achieving even greater impact toward this goal. How? By implementing sustainable approaches and long-term solutions to hunger in communities around the globe.
Their new logo reflects this approach through the symbols contained within the “i” in “Rise.”
The first symbol is the water droplet. One in 10 people around the globe do not have safe drinking water. When people no longer need to spend hours each week traveling to and from clean water sources, time is freed to attend school or earn wages. Rise Against Hunger distributes water filters — especially critical in crisis situations — and assists in the construction of water wells. We work with our in-country partners to provide Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) training, promoting improved health and life expectancy.
The second symbol is leaves. Rise Against Hunger aims to increase agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access. Our programming will also help smallholder farmers build resilience to the shocks and stresses of climate change by promoting ecological approaches to agriculture as well as diversification. We are putting this plan into action in the Philippines by sourcing vegetables for our meals from local farmers.
The third symbol is the book. Rise Against Hunger is continuing its longstanding commitment to distributing nutritious meals to education programs all over the globe. Our meals, made up of enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients, attract children to education programs and prevent dropouts–especially among girls–while simultaneously alleviating short-term hunger and enabling children to learn and to break the cycle of poverty
With the continued support of St. Matthew, the Hanover community and others around the world, this diverse, sustainable approach will help them get to the finish line of zero hunger by 2030. Our next event may not be until the fall of 2018, but keep a look out. You won’t want to miss it.