Local Church Tries To End World Hunger

You can help the Stop Hunger Now program by donating through their website at http://www.stophungernow.org/

HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Over 200 people cheer to the sound of a gong at the Asbury United Methodist Church, because they finished packing 1,000 bags of food.

It's a part of the Stop Hunger Now program which sends bags of food to children in developing countries.

The church raised $10,000 dollars in just a few weeks, which they're using to fill 40,000 bags of food in just a day.

Volunteers fill the bags full of vitamins, rice, soy, and vegetables.

According to the United Nations World Food Program, almost a billion people in the world do not have enough to eat. In our area, 1 in 10 people don't know where they'll get their next meal.

"It's really sad, that they can't really do much about it," says 14 year-old Jenny Woodman, who volunteers at the church.

Patti King is volunteering to fill bags and says she thinks there are many factors that lead to hunger.

"Whether they're functioning on a very different level where they can't afford the food, where they make that less of a priority because they have to have a roof over their home," says King.

These bags will be shipped to rural Cambodia.

"These meals are going to be used in school feeding programs in order to give kids a chance to into school, get a meal, and the idea is that it will end the cycle of poverty," says Andrew Chiricosta, who organized the event.

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