Three thousand prepare 200,000 hunger packets for Haiti

February 22nd, 2010


UMNS photo by Bob Merkle


Three thousand people responded to a call to help prepare Stop Hunger Now packets for Haiti.

The Rev. Larry Davies, a district superintendent in Lynchburg, Va., set up an emergency meal packaging event for Haiti on Jan. 18.

“We booked the largest high school in the area and the word kind of got out on Facebook, and it went nuts,” he said. “We had a bus come in from two counties away. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. People just literally came from everywhere.” By Feb. 15, Davies said, the district finished raising the $51,000 needed to pay the shipping cost.

Each 13 ounce packet contains rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals. After boiling in water for 10 minutes, the packet will provide six meals at 25 cents per serving