ISNA Hosts Stop Hunger Now Packaging Event
(Plainfield, IN 11/18/14) Last Saturday, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) hosted a Stop Hunger Now packaging event at its headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana. The event was co-sponsored by Islamic Relief, the Islamic Society of Greater Indianapolis, and OBAT Helpers
Over 100 local volunteers packaged 20,000 meals in a matter of two hours.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. Their meal packaging process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix, including 21 essential vitamins and minerals, into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 29 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international and domestic partners to distribute meals.
“Regardless of what faith tradition you belong to, we all agree that hunger is a problem,” says ISNA Executive Director Hazem Bata who gave the introductory remarks at the event. “We also agree we have a moral obligation to do something about it. This campaign was an opportunity to express our common values and help those who less fortunate than us. We thank all the community volunteers for offering their time and dedication to making this event a success.”
This is one of many Stop Hunger Now projects that ISNA has sponsored. Our staff has already started planning for the next packaging event, where we hope to sponsor another 20,000 meals.
The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) is the largest and oldest Islamic umbrella organization in North America. Its mission is to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam.