There are more than 825 million people going hungry across the world.
And volunteers in Chattanooga were helping end it by packing bags of food with the non-profit, Feed My Starving Children.
“We’re packing boxes to help feed hungry kids around the world,” said Rachel Lowe, one of the volunteers.
The bags are filled with four simple ingredients: Rice, soy, dehydrated veggies, and vitamin and mineral packs.
“It is specially formulated for starving young bodies,” said Valencia Breckenridge, with the non-profit. “It’s what really sets our meals apart.
They also have special formulas for babies 7-to-12 months old, and for children suffering from diarrhea, which is a leading cause of death in children with HIV and cholera.
Volunteers are separating the formulas into bags that will be shipped all across the world, to places like Haiti, Nicaragua, Swaziland, and even North Korea.
“We raise the money for food, volunteers pack it, and we give it for free it different countries NGOs,” Breckenridge said. “Our goal is to pack 215 million meals nationwide using about 800,000 volunteers.
And they are counting on close to 3,000 Chattanoogans to help fill bags during their stop in the Volunteer state, packing 500,000 meals.
Each meal costs just 22 cents.
Last year more than 190-million meals were sent to 50 different countries.
You can still help volunteer both Monday and Tuesday at the Convention Center. Each session lasts 2 hours.
Monday sessions are: 9:30am, 1:00, and 6pm.
Tuesday sessions are: 9:30am and 11:30pm.