Lakeview Campers Feed the Masses
In addition to the many joys of the great outdoors at summer camp, youth and adults spent a good portion of their time helping alleviate hunger by packing 260,700 meals to help starving individuals on a global scale.
For the second year, the five District Camps for the Texas Annual Conference involved children, youth, and adults in a mission project to alleviate the problem of hunger in the world. In Matthew 25:35 Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me food to eat,” referencing the calling for Christians to reach out to those in need.
“During the five weeks of camp,” Rev. Jeff McDonald, First UMC, Chandler, says, “we worked with an organization called Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now (www.stophungernow.org) is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. The organization is driven by a vision of a world without hunger and a mission to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.”
Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program provides volunteers the opportunity to package dehydrated, high protein, and highly nutritious meals that are used in crisis situations and in school feeding programs for schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.
The staff of Stop Hunger Now provided transportation, the supplies, and ingredients for packaging the meals. Lakeview provided the location during the weeks of summer camp. Last year 250,000 meals were packaged and this year 260,700 meals were packaged. “In one week of camp,” notes TAC Youth Ministry Director Thera Freeman, “approximately 50,000 meals were packaged, which is enough to feed 135 children for a year.”
The meals that were packaged this year have already been shipped from the new Stop Hunger Now warehouse in Dallas. The first shipment went out on July 12th to the Dominican Republic and the second shipment went to Burundi.
“Not only did the campers participate by packaging the meals, they also ate a meal of beans and rice at camp to better understand how most of the world eats and to help financially with the project,” adds Jeff. “A special thank you to the Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Memorial United Methodist Church for their generous financial support of this project.”