Posted: 5/18/17 at 2:25pm. Submitted by Phyllis Tyler.
On May 7, 2017, the James River Baptist Association (JRBA) held its ninth meal-packing event for Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). RAH is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people and works to end global hunger by 2030. Across the world, 792.5 million people don’t receive enough nutrition to lead an active, healthy life. In 2016, 376,000 volunteers around the globe personally worked at Rise Against Hunger events, resulting in one million lives being nourished through meals and other aid.
JRBA became involved in this outreach in 2010. Since that time, they have raised over $58,000 and packaged 216,053 meals for hungry people in Ivory Coast, Haiti, Uganda, the Philippines, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, and Nicaragua. Maysville Baptist, individuals, and the Baptist General Association of Virginia have partnered with JRBA to make this possible.
One hundred sixteen volunteers, representing 12 area churches, gathered at Maysville Baptist Multi-Purpose Center to work cooperatively in getting the meals packed and ready for shipment. Participants of all ages worked on various tasks to get the work done. From putting labels on boxes to carting 50-pound bags of rice and soy to multiple bagging stations, there was a job for everyone. The 32,184 meals packaged at this event are tagged to go to Orphan Network in Nicaragua.
This effort is just one way in which the churches of JRBA emulate their motto, “Accomplishing Together What We Cannot Do Alone.”
If you would like more information about this annual event, please call the JRBA office at 434-983-7385.