By Olivia Worsham
William Peace University hosted an event called “Stop Hunger Now” on campus on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
This event resulted in the preparation and packaging of more than 10,000 meals that will be sent out to 65 different countries.
Stop Hunger Now is a non-profit organization that relies on volunteers to spread the word about its mission to end hunger everywhere. No advertising budget means money goes to more meals for the hungry.
Roger Christman, a Communication professor and chair of the Simulation and Game Design program at William Peace University, traveled to Uganda this past summer with Stop Hunger Now.
“Stop Hunger Now is a great organization with a clear mission,” he said. “With all of us working together, we can empower tens of thousands of children everyday to be happy, healthy and loved. At the Rwamwanja Settlement, in the Congonesse Refugee Camp, 8,000 students a day are fed a healthy nutritious meal, which very well may be there only meal of the day.”
Christman added, “The primary focus of Stop Hunger Now is to feed the children a healthy nutritious lunch everyday at school, in doing so the parents will make sure their children come to school because they know their child will be fed that day.”
According to Christman, the organization is also working on installing a water well at the St. Michael Primary School in the Rwamwanja Settlement, that will give drinking water and water for cooking the meals to between 2,500 and 3,000 people.
Students who attended the event on campus are encouraged to share the experience via social media and word-of-mouth. This will help Stop Hunger Now grow and hopefully help the number of people hungry to shrink.
For more information about the organization and how to volunteer or donate, visit: stophungernow.org