Delphine Swanson Leads One Million Meals Goal


 Mississippi Annual Conference Communications

Delphine Swanson, wife of the Episcopal leader for the Mississippi United Methodist Church (Bishop James Swanson Sr.), wants to collect a million meals for the hunger relief agency Stop Hunger Now by the 2015 annual conference session. However, Swanson needs her Mississippi Conference family to reach an immediate target of 100,000 meals by the end of the 2014 annual conference session in June.


Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are volunteer-based programs that coordinate the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. 


Swanson feels confident the goals can be met and is inviting the Methodist family to join her for a kick-off meal packaging event on Thursday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Mississippi. She recently released a video message explaining what inspired her to get involved.  Click here to view it or read her statement below.


Packaging events scheduled after June 8, 2014 will be counted towards the million meals campaign. To organize a packaging event in your community or local church, contact Matt Casteel at Visit the conference website for more details and future updates. For more information about Stop Hunger Now visit,


Hi, my name is Delphine Swanson. My husband, Bishop James E. Swanson Sr. and I love to go to our family reunions. We get a chance to see family members that we have not seen since the previous reunion, share family news, enjoy good meals such as low country boils, fish fries, hot dogs and hamburgers and a special delicious meal at the family banquet. As I appreciate the great food and fellowship with my family, I often think of how I could provide for others who do not have the means to gather for a family feast, or even afford just one daily meal.


Thanks to Stop Hunger Now, I no longer have to wonder about this. I can actually make a difference with help from my extended family, you, the Mississippi Annual Conference.


Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. The organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families all over the world.


Stop Hunger Now has a meal packaging program. They have perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix - plus vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly to those in need.


Like many of you, to me, the annual conference session is one big family reunion. As a family, I am asking our members of all ages to join me for a Stop Hunger Now packing event. My goal is for us to pack 100,000 meals during this session and one million meals by next year's annual conference session.


Our conference theme: "The POWER of We," is fitting for this call to action. Together we can meet this goal and Stop Hunger Now.


Thank you in advance for your support and may God bless all of you. See you at the family reunion!