Franklin First United Methodist Church’s Youth Group, in an effort to raise awareness about hunger, has issued an unusual challenge to Franklin’s Methodist churches. The FUMC youth have issued a dare to members of the churches to “Live on $3 a Day” for food from Oct. 11 through Oct. 13. The youth will be following up on this challenge with their Stop Hunger Now mission’s meal packing event on Nov. 2.
The Youth Group believes that to really tackle hunger in the community and beyond, it is important to understand it and that there is no better way than by spending just a few days living close to the poverty line. Those who agree to take up the challenge to “Live on $3 a Day” are being asked to donate the amount they save on groceries for the three designated days, to the Stop Hunger Now. The youth group hopes to double the number of meals they packed last year and is trying to raise $7,500 to accomplish this goal.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 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 created its meal packaging program in 2005. The program uses a volunteer 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 two years and is easy to transport quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country.
Anyone who is interested in participating in the challenge or in making donations to the FUMC Youth Group’s Stop Hunger Now mission should contact Rev. Margaret Freeman, associate pastor at Franklin First United Methodist Church, (828)524-3010 or assocpastor@ firstumcfranklin.org, for guidelines.