Heathwood Students and Parent Volunteers Package 15,000 Meals for the Hungry

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fifteen thousand meals are on their way to hungry children overseas thanks to Heathwood Hall middle schoolers and parent volunteers.

On Friday, May 4, Heathwood’s 7th and 8th grade classes, along with teachers, staff, and parents, packaged 15,000 meals for the aid group Rise Against Hunger in just two hours. The meals will be delivered to schoolchildren in other countries where hunger is prevalent.

The Heathwood event was the brainchild of 8th grader Addie Grace Cook, who was inspired by a Rise Against Hunger event at her church, Shandon Presbyterian, and approached the school about the possibility of doing something similar. Through a series of fundraisers that included a gingerbread house decorating day, a dress-down day, and an online donations page, Addie Grace spearheaded the collection of over $4000 to pay for the 15,000 meals. Then a truck full of dried foodstuffs and packaging supplies rolled into campus, packaging stations were set up in Heathwood’s Lower Gym, and the student and parent volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

Heathwood’s emphasis on community service and its commitment to experiential learning made the Rise Against Hunger project feel like a good fit, Addie Grace said. The event at her church reminded her of Heathwood’s annual Middle School Turkey Trot, which raises money for Harvest Hope Food Bank. So, she said, “I knew Heathwood would be the perfect place to package meals, further extending our knowledge and hands-on learning regarding hunger and those who are less fortunate.”

Rise Against Hunger is a North Carolina-based nonprofit that seeks to end hunger by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. With the help of packaging volunteers, Rise Against Hunger produces millions of nutritious meals annually that are then distributed to partners in countries around the world who are able to effectively address the causes and effects of hunger based on their local presence and expertise. To learn more, visit riseagainsthunger.org.