Church partners with "Stop Hunger Now" to feed the needy

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi congregation partnered with "Stop Hunger Now" in an effort to feed the hungry. They worked together to package 20,000 meals, hoping to make strides toward ending world hunger.

The Trinity United Methodist Church in Gulfport spent their Sunday afternoon packaging freeze dried foods. It's a community service, Roianne Gutierrez, is grateful to have her son involved in.

"He needs to be aware of hunger and the issues people have. Not everyone has a meal on their table or can go out to dinner. It's just a serious situation that people have to encounter," said Guiterrez.

The activity didn't discriminate in age. Even the youngest helpers knew why they were there. Kate Timko said she asked her mom if she could help so everyone could have food, live a good life and not be hungry.

Her sister, Claire Timko, said she feels sorry for those without food, but on Sunday they gave them some food so they can have a good life. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. It has 18 branches all over the nation making it possible to feed hundreds of thousands all over the world.

The Mississippi branch director, Matt Casteel, said it's a great and easy way for organizations to bond and it's for a good cause.

"It's such an inter-generational program that anybody can be involved in. It can really be the tie that binds them together," said Casteel.

Each meal is $0.25 a piece, and that covers all of the over head costs. Groups can either go to the warehouse to package the meals or do a mobile packaging like this one. Casteel says 99 percent of the time they are mobile.

"We bring it to you. We set it up. You package the meals. We take it back to our warehouse and ship them to schools and warehouses all over the world," said Casteel.

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