Seven Rotary Clubs in Monongalia and Preston Counties collaborated on Saturday to help end world hunger.
Rise Against Hunger packages and distributes healthy, nutritious, dehydrated meals to developing world countries.
“Those meals are going to be taken back to our Pittsburgh warehouse, and they will be shipped to one of our locations worldwide. We have partners all over the world. We have sent meals to 74 different countries. And we send them for crisis relief and to support education, support medical clinics, and we’ve got partners all over the world who receive these meals,“ said Andrew Moser, with Rise Against Hunger.
Area Rotary Clubs, more than 100 WVU students, and Aramco Corporation took part in ‘Rise Against Hunger Day’ at Wesley United Methodist Church.
“So their strategy is to get groups like ours, to join in and put up some money and some volunteers to help package meals that can be shipped to those areas,“ said Jim Culbersom, organizer and member of the Morgantown North Rotary Club.
“It’s great for people to help those in need. I think people feel really good about that and we give them an opportunity to maybe have a longer reach than they would otherwise. And I also think they are getting a really cool experience of working together and what we’re able to accomplish through collaborating,“ said Andrew Moser.
A record amount of meals were packed at the event.
“We’ve reached our peak here at 55,000 meals. And as you can hear that gong in the background, and the awesome shouting people. That’s for every 2,000 meals, you hear that gong. So they’re doing all, for two hours straight, they’re going, and going, and going. So it’s been really awesome to work with this group, and to see how we can make in impact all around the world,“ said Alan Ninan, Event Support Specialist with Rise Against Hunger.