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Beyond the food drive: B-P looks to fight hunger around the world

Sign up for the Nov. 19 meal packaging party

stop_hunger_now_square_colorFor years, Broadalbin-Perth students, faculty and staff have helped their neighbors in need through food drives, especially around the holidays. While that work continues to make a difference locally, this year, the district is looking to make a more global impact through STOP Hunger Now, a non-profit organization that distributes meals through partner organizations in developing countries and in areas affected by natural disasters.

B-P is joining the First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin to support STOP Hunger Now. The First Presbyterian Church has been supporting STOP Hunger Now for the past two years.

STOP Hunger Now distributes meals worldwide through organizations that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition and fight child labor. Each meal costs 29 cents. According to the STOP Hunger Now website, their assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a packet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The food is stored easily, transported quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.

In 2016, Broadalbin-Perth’s goal is to raise enough money to purchase resources to assemble 10,000 meals – or $2,900. Students at The Learning Community and B-P Intermediate School will collect change through a coin drive, Oct. 24 through Nov. 18, with each class striving to raise enough money to pay for 100 meals – or $29 per class. Sports teams and student organizations at the middle and high schools with missions of community service, including the Community Service Club, Key Club, SADD, National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society, are each being asked to donate up to $100 from their team or club accounts toward the district’s goal.

“Volunteerism and helping those in need is an important part of our character education program,” said B-P Superintendent of Schools Stephen Tomlinson. “Over the years, our teachers, administrators and club advisors have done a great job of providing opportunities for our students to give back to the local community. And while we’re committed to continuing to help our neighbors, what I love about STOP Hunger Now is that it opens our students’ eyes to more global issues. It’s kids helping kids around the world.”

The community-wide effort will culminate on Saturday, Nov. 19, when volunteers will package meals to be distributed through STOP Hunger Now, 1-4 p.m., in the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium at B-P High School. Tomlinson said the community’s goal is to package 30,000 meals in three hours. He said his goal for the district is for five children and two adults from every elementary class to volunteer, and for student-athletes and members from all middle and high school clubs with missions of community service to volunteer for at least an hour.

Members of the Broadalbin-Perth community interested in volunteering to package meals on Nov. 19 can sign up online: https://www.volunteersignup.org/49KMW. Individuals interested in making a cash donation can send checks made payable to Broadalbin-Perth Central School District with “STOP Hunger Now” in the memo line to the district office, attention Georgia Baldwin, 20 Pine Street, Broadalbin, NY 12025. Learn more about STOP Hunger Now at www.stophungernow.org.