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Volunteers will package more than 20,000 meals through Stop Hunger Now

The Rotary Club of Leawood and community leaders are doing something different on Black Friday: they are joining forces in the fight against hunger and packaging 20,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now to be distributed to those suffering from hunger.

The meals will be assembled by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Leawood and community leaders on Black Friday, November 27, 2015 at Stop Hunger Now Kansas City’s warehouse.  The meal packaging event, located at 11888 W 91st Street Overland Park,  is open to the public. Volunteers will be working in two shifts from 9 am to 11 am and from noon to 2 pm.  Volunteers are asked to donate $40 each or $140 per family to fund the cost of the ingredients.  

Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The Leawood Rotary Club is a long-time supporter of the program.

“The Leawood Rotary has been involved with financial support and hands-on preparation of meals for Stop Hunger Now for three years now,” said Scott Cooper, current president.  “We recently partnered with Stop Hunger Now in an effort to support Panama with meals after a mudslide, which left many homeless.  And I was fortunate enough to volunteer at a Stop Hunger Now event at the Rotary International Conference in Brazil last year.  We are pleased to continue our support to this worthwhile event and charity.”

Around the world, nearly 795 million people lack adequate food. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and six international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Italy and India. Last year, more than 274,800 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.  

Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 71 countries.

“What we want everyone to know is that hunger is solvable and is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues,” said Rod Brooks, President and CEO of Stop Hunger Now.  “When hunger is targeted, you give leverage and hope to every other cause including poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children.”

For more information contact Baylee DeLaurier, Program Manager Stop Hunger Now Kansas City at (913) 871 8107 or

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