Friday, February 21, 2014

Harvest UMC to donate $17K, host meal packaging party Sunday

LAKEWOOD RANCH — Harvest United Methodist Church will donate $17,227 — half of its 2013 Christmas Eve offering — to Stop Hunger Now on Sunday at an interactive meal packaging party at the church.

Harvest expects almost 40,000 meals will be packed to support Stop Hunger Now’s worldwide work, which includes ongoing hunger relief operations in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan.

Harvest invites the community to join the more than 100 expected church members for the meal packaging party from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Participants can register to serve at the event online.

The church is located at 14305 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch.

More than 250,000 volunteers have packaged meals through Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program. The parties are fun, hands-on mission projects suitable for all ages. Their assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. These meal packages are shipped around the world to support school feeding programs and crisis relief. The food stores easily, transports quickly and has a shelf-life of two years.

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