Every November without exception, I think about the fact that I don’t do enough. I think about the people in our city, state, country, and world who don’t have enough to eat or don’t even have access to nutritious food or clean water, luxuries that I enjoy on a daily basis and largely take for granted. I think about these things this time of year perhaps more than any other because it’s a time to be thankful, to pay attention to the things you might normally not notice or appreciate, and to look around you for ways to help, give back, and contribute.
On Saturday, November 7, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Wiegand Gym in the Cohon Center, my husband and I are joining PACE (Partners Allied in Civic Engagement) and members of the Carnegie Mellon University community to help package 100,000 meals for those who need them most.
Below is information about the Stop Hunger Now organization and its incredible partnership with the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation. Once you learn more and if you are available on November 7 for two hours, register yourself, your friends, and family to help stop hunger, one meal at a time.
STOP HUNGER NOW
Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has provided over 210 million meals in more than 71 countries through boots-on-the-ground partner organizations like orphanages and medical clinics.
Here’s some staggering statistics:
- Over 800 million people face starvation every day.
- More than 21,000 of these people perish from malnutrition … daily.
- Most disturbingly, 15,000 of them are children.
“Hidden hunger,” or micronutrient deficiency, is a major public health problem that can lead to conditions like iron-deficiency anemia, impair physical and mental development, weaken the immune system, and significantly increase the risk of dying before the age of five.
A Stop Hunger Now meal is a dehydrated meal comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and a life-saving micronutrient packet that was developed by and donated through the Kraft Heinz Micronutrient Campaign (HMC). The powders in the packet contain 23 essential vitamins and minerals that can be mixed into the meal after it is cooked. The inclusion of the micronutrients in the meal helps to combat hidden hunger.
Carnegie Mellon is the first university partner to join the Kraft Heinz Stop Hunger Now Campus Tour. How cool is that? Let’s be the leaders to inspire and empower even more university students to join the movement in fighting hidden hunger.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, family members (including children ages four and up), and friends are encouraged to register: http://tinyurl.com/CMUStopsHunger. We need over 400 volunteers to package meals on November 7! Residence halls, floors, student organizations, etc. can come as a group and work alongside one another in the gym.
Questions? Contact Director of Student Activities Liz Vaughan.
This blog is written by Director of Marketing for Student Affairs Operations Mandi Semple.