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Last week, Broadalbin-Perth students raised more than $11,000 to purchase meals for those in need through Rise Against Hunger. Now it’s time to package those meals for distribution to hungry children around the world.
In all, the Broadalbin-Perth community and First Presbyterian Church of Broadalbin raised more than $17,000 — enough to purchase more than 43,000 meals. Organizers are looking for 300 volunteers to prepare the meals for shipment during the Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Party, which starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 in the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
Adults and children as young as 4 years old can help package meals. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive no later than 12:45 on Sunday to ensure an on-time start to the event. All volunteers will need to cover their hair while packaging meals; hairnets will be provided to those who don’t bring their own hats. Gloves will also be provided.
Once an annual event, Rise Against Hunger is returning to the Broadalbin-Perth community this year for the first time since 2020. That year, the Broadalbin-Perth community funded and packed 46,224 meals that were later delivered to Burkina Faso in West Africa. More than 300 volunteers succeeded in packaging those meals in just over an hour.
Rise Against Hunger is an international non-profit organization working to end hunger around the world. According to its website, RiseAgainstHunger.org, the organization focuses on “remote, last-mile communities within hunger pockets often overlooked by global media and other INGOs.” Many of Rise Against Hunger’s meals are distributed through school feeding programs in local communities.