Who R They?

I have spent a good deal of time writing about myself, my expectations of this journey, my insights along the way, what I hope to learn from this journey, what I hope to teach along the way, and what I hope to see happen at the end of this journey. And to be kind of honest, that is an awful lot about me, myself and I.

Although a blog is really about one’s self and one’s own thoughts — kind of a public diary, my goal here is two-fold. Share my journey and to share the opportunity that anyone can have providing food to those that are hungry in the world.

So tonight I want to share about who Stop Hunger Now is and what they are about. Much of this I am pulling right from their own material (after all, I am not all that knowledgeable about such things).

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 12 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

Stop Hunger Now has provided more than $70 million dollars worth of direct aid and 34 million meals to 72 countries worldwide.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program, in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of five years and transports quickly.

Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country. Stop Hunger Now primarily ships its meals to support school feeding programs, but also provides meals to our in-country partners for crisis relief.

The packaging operation is mobile, (i.e. it can go wherever volunteers are located), and can be adapted to accommodate as few as 25 and as many as 500 volunteers at a time. One SHN packaging event can result in the packaging of more than 1,000,000 meals or product servings. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across a broad cross-section of the US population.

Stop Hunger Now has packaged more than 34 million meals since the inception of the meal packaging program in Dec 2005. These meals have been used primarily to support school feeding programs in developing countries.  Stop Hunger Now and hunger experts agree that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues.  When hunger is targeted, specifically by supporting school feeding programs, you give leverage support to other causes including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program operations throughout the US.

Ray Buchanan — Founder and International President

A native of Texas, Ray Buchanan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Divinity from Shenandoah University and Conservatory. He co-founded Stop Hunger Now in 1998, following an 18-year career as the founder and co-director of the Society of St. Andrew, a Virginia based domestic food relief organization. Ray also served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam.

An ordained United Methodist minister, he is fueled by the vision of ending hunger in his lifetime and, to that end, has dedicated himself to helping those in the greatest need. Stop Hunger Now was created by Ray as an entrepreneurial model for providing rapid, cost-effective responses to international crisis situations. Ray is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his humanitarian effort. His awards include the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Alumnus of the Year Award, the Caring Institute National Caring Award, the National Association of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award and the Maxwell House “Real American Hero Award,” the North Carolina International Human Rights Award, and the International Affairs Council’s Citizen of the World award.

Kyle Galenski Program Manager – Atlanta (My go to guy!)

Kyle was born and raised in South Florida. He moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University where he earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Religion Studies. During his time in college, Kyle developed a passion for sustainable development through his studies, time spent mentoring youth in Khayelitsha, South Africa and his work with a nonviolence education initiative based out of Vienna, Austria. After college, Kyle served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, working on fundraising efforts.

In his free time, Kyle likes to kayak, hike, scuba dive and do anything outdoors. He has a passion for traveling and aims to set foot on all seven continents; he only has two left to visit.

Financial Accountability

Stop Hunger Now takes financial accountability seriously. They strive to make every dollar go as far as possible to end world hunger. To increase financial efficiency, they actively partner with relief organizations overseas to distribute aid, avoiding the costs associated with overseas staffing.

In fact, Stop Hunger Now was awarded Charity Navigator’s 4 star rating for financial health. This exceptional four star designation separates Stop Hunger Now from other nonprofit organizations and demonstrates to donors that it is worthy of their trust.

Stop Hunger Now works hard to keep overhead costs low. For the 2008 fiscal year, 96.9% of expenses were for program services, leaving just over 3% for fundraising and administration expenses. This means that nearly 97 cents for every dollar are spent on program services.








How can I get more involved?

Host a packaging event: Countless congregations, civic organizations, corporations and schools have enjoyed organizing a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event. It is an immensely fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age. A group of 40- 50 volunteers can package 10,000 meals in just two hours. To get started in organizing your packaging event set a goal for the number of meals you will package and contact your local program coordinator. Start to recruit volunteers based on the number of meals you plan to package. Then you can begin to fund your event. All you need to raise is 25 cents for each meal you package.

Donate: Make a donation through our website . Funds will go to the greatest area of need which may include providing life-saving aid such as medical supplies, food or clothes.

You can also make a donation in honor or in memory of someone you care about. We will send a thoughtful card acknowledging your gift to the chosen recipient (such as the 4 for 40 Project).

Join our sustaining giving program by joining the Army of Compassion. Members of the Army of Compassion form a sustainable foundation by making a monthly donation to support the fight against hunger. Automatic monthly gifts will provide Stop Hunger Now with the day-to-day support we need in a way that’s more convenient for you.

Spread the word: Join the hunger movement by spreading the word about Stop Hunger Now and our mission to end hunger in our lifetime. Tell your friends about Stop Hunger Now and invite them to visit our website to learn more about what we do. Become a fan of Stop Hunger Now on Facebook and get updates about recent packaging events, crisis response and chat with other supporters. Follow them on Twitter. Follow their founder and president’s blog.

What does the $0.25 per meal cost cover?

SHN asks meal packaging participants to donate 25 cents per meal they package.These funds are used to acquire the ingredients as well as pay staffing and support costs to make it possible for us to bring this event to you. Supplies are purchased on the general commodities markets, and we get reduced rates on most of our ingredients.

96.9% of our overall contributions are used towards program costs,with3.1%going to administration and fundraising.

How is providing food aid to developing countries sustainable? How will communities become self-sufficient?

Addressing hunger is a key strategy to increasing education rates and providing a way out of poverty in developing countries. Providing meals in schools increases enrollment. As education levels rise, birth rates and disease rates fall, and communities begin to sustain themselves. The food resources needed to eradicate life-threatening malnutrition are sustainable and hunger experts agree that school feeding programs are the most effective tool for increasing access to education and improving the nutritional status of children.

Many developed nations, including Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and France have long histories of supporting national school feeding programs, a testament to the vitality and effectiveness of these programs. School feeding programs promote education, attract children to school, improve heath and nutrition, spur economic growth, combat child labor and create a platform for other interventions. Providing leverage in all of these issues allows the communities to grow and become self-sufficient.

Why do you use textured soy protein instead of whey protein?

SHN uses soy protein because it’s vegetarian. Stop Hunger Now meals are appropriate for most diets. They are rice-based, vegetarian and can be augmented with locally available food and spices.

Why do you use white rice, instead of more nutritious whole grain/brown rice?

While there are nutritional benefits to whole grain and brown rices, white rice takes less time to prepare and is less expensive, which allows us to feed more people.

Hunger Facts

  • In 2009, it was estimated that more than 1.02billion people do not have enough to eat – more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined. That means one in nearly six people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life.
    Source:World Food Programme, 2010.
  • Out of the 1.02 billion who are hungry, more than 907 million of them live in developing countries.
    Source:World Food Programme, 2009.
  • 25,000 people (adults and children) die every day from hunger and related causes.
    Source:FAO, 2009.
  • In 2007, the number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million, primarily due to the increase in food prices.
    Source:World Food Programme, 2009.
  • Asia and the Pacific region are home to over half the world’s population and nearly two-thirds of the world’s hungry people.
    Source:World Food Programme, 2009.
  • More than 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women.
    Source:World Food Programme, 2009.
  • There are about 1 billion people in the world living on less than $1 a day. Roughly 2.6 billion people live on less than $2 per day -which is 40% of the world’s population. Almost half the world – over 3 billion people – lives on less than $2.50.
    Source:Global Issues, 2010.
  • Malnutrition remains the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality, more than HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined.
    Source:
    USAID, 2009.
  • Nearly one-third of children in the developing world are chronically malnourished.
    Source:
    USAID, 2009.
  • Undernutrition contributes to more than one-half of the 9.7 million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries. This means that one child dies every six seconds from malnutrition and related causes.
    Source:World Food Programme, 2009.

How current is the Stop Hunger Now effort?

Stop Hunger Now is working with our in-country partners working on the ground in the affected areas of Japan to provide life-saving aid to those devastated by the earthquake and tsunami last week. Please join is in our response by donating today. http://stophungernow.org/japan

So now you know who Stop Hunger Now is — or at least part of the story. Take time to go to their website and learn more. You will be glad you did.

And while you are there, why don’t you go ahead and make a donation so someone can eat one more time. It’s as easy as following the link to the 4 for 40 Project.

Until the next time….The Hog Father

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