Rise Against Hunger – October 18, 2020

Rise Against Hunger (RAH) is a multi-generational annual meal packing event held at SPUMC with the help of an RAH event coordinator.  We held our inaugural event in 2018 by packing 15,000 meals, and we have 20,000 meals planned for October 20, 2019! 

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable with a goal of ending world hunger by 2030.  Most meals are shipped overseas to school feeding programs, enabling children to be fed and educated.   Since 1998, RAH has delivered 462 million meals to 74 countries. 

Meal Packing and COVID Safety

The Rise Against Hunge organization has worked diligently to determine how best to continue reaching 2 million beneficiaries worldwide while 500+ volunteer events are on hold and their meal inventory is rapidly shrinking. To meet the needs of children and families who are counting on RAH now more than ever, meal packaging activities have resumed, following CDC guidelines and local regulations, and maintaining utmost care for the safety of our volunteers, staff and beneficiaries.

Best practices around handwashing, hygiene and avoiding events while sick, aligned with the CDC’s recommendation, are guidelines RAH has implemented at all of their events. They are encouraging volunteers to be especially mindful at this time. The CDC, the US Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization have stated that the disease is unlikely to be transmitted via food, and the CDC says the potential for the virus to spread via food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures, like our boxes or meal bags, is “very low.”

With the highest safety standards in mind, here’s how our upcoming event will look: 

  • We have adjusted the setup of our events to accommodate volunteers based on CDC social distancing guidelines, state and local restrictions on event capacity and venue size. At SPUMC, this will mean limiting our numbers to 25 volunteers per shift. View a sample set up diagram here.
  • All room entry points and equipment will be sanitized for every event and shift.
  • All volunteers will be required to use a CDC-compliant mask in addition to our standard gloves.
  • Members of vulnerable populations are asked to wait to attend a future Rise Against Hunger Experience, as well as anyone who has exhibited cold or flu-like symptoms in the past 48 hours.

Contact becky.clapp23@gmail.com with any questions.

Want To Help?

We are packing up to 20,000 meals at SPUMC on Sunday afternoon, October 18!

Sign up here to indicate that you are interested in volunteering for a safe, fun, socially distanced meal-packing event on October 18, 2020. Because exact timing will depend on volunteer numbers, we will follow up with you in two weeks to give you the chance to pick your volunteer time and register fully.

Thank you for loving, serving, and following Jesus!