On Saturday, January 12, the students of Blue Ridge School gathered to package 10,256 meals for the non-profit organization Rise Against Hunger. For 20 years, Rise Agains Hunger has packaged and distributed millions of nutritious meals to needy communities around the world, particularly in areas suffering from natural and man-made crises. The meals from Blue Ridge School are going to students at a school in Haiti.
Blue Ridge School has worked with Rise Against Hunger for nearly 10 years to package meals for distribution, to educate the students about the state of hunger around the world, and to empower the students to be agents of positive change. Overall, the School has packaged almost 100,000 meals for people in need around the world.
Dean of Students Tony Brown leads the initiative at Blue Ridge School. He says, “This is a wonderful program for our students because it is something that the entire school can do together. The students get to practice teamwork at the different stations, they get to know one another better, and they are helping a terrific organization.”
Volunteering with Rise Against Hunger adds an international aspect to Blue Ridge School’s work with local and regional hunger-prevention organizations. Brown says, “Locally we work with Tuesday’s Table, but only small groups of students can do that at a time. Working with different organizations also shows our students that people in all parts of the world face hunger—sometimes for different reasons, sometimes for similar reasons.”
For more information about Rise Against Hunger, visit www.riseagainsthunger.org.