UMC sponsors hunger relief event


United Methodist churches around Mississippi will join others in the communities of Hattiesburg, Jackson, Meridian and Starkville on March 29-31 to package food for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization. 

The goal is to package 100,000 servings of crisis response food and raise at least $25,000. 

Faculty and students of the University of Southern Mississippi are hosts for the March 29 event, Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson is the site of the March 30 event, the Wood Institute in Mathiston will host the March 31 event in the Starkville District and Meridian’s Wesley United Methodist Church is the location for the March 31 packaging event in that district. 

Stop Hunger Now’s board is chaired by Mike Ward, spouse of Bishop Hope Morgan Ward. Through its Operation Sharehouse volunteer program, Stop Hunger Now prepares food product that is used in hunger crisis situations on five continents and in over 50 countries. This rice-based dried mix is nutritious and well-suited to saving lives in the wake of natural disasters and human conflict.  

Volunteers can make it possible for the food to make it to these places by packaging the ingredients on March 29-31. No experience is needed. Within minutes, you’ll be a food packaging expert.

For information, contact one of the following:

  • Mike Ward, Stop Hunger Now Board of Directors; phone 601-278-4961; e-mail
  • Zeb Manning, Hattiesburg coordinator; phone 601-422-8287; email
  • Pam Meek; Jackson coordinator; phone 601-353-9691l email
  • Lynne Anderson and Barbara Raley; Meridian coordinators; phone 601-737-5265 or 601-482-3626; email
  • Ray Wallace, Starkville District superintendent; phone 662-323-0198; email