Christians, Jews and Muslims, blacks, whites and Asians worked together Aug. 21 at Lexington’s Temple Adath Israel to pack meals for Love the Hungry.
By the end of the two-hour interfaith event, more than 80 people had assembled enough meal pouches to feed about 10,000 people. Each pouch, comprised of micronutrients, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein and rice, is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of malnourished children. One pouch contains six servings.
The volunteers formed six assembly lines, pouring the meal components into bags that were measured and sealed, then packed into boxes for shipment to children around the globe.
Love the Hungry is a Louisville-based nonprofit that was founded by Tonja and Dale Oelker in 2011. Since then, more than 21,000 volunteers have packed almost 4 million meals that have been distributed by 51 agencies throughout Kentuckiana and elsewhere in the United States, plus Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
The group’s mobile unit brings packaging events to churches, schools, community organizations and businesses throughout the state. The sponsoring groups cover the cost, which is 25 cents a meal and includes ingredients, packaging supplies, delivery and shipping.
The Lexington event included representatives of Temple Adath Israel, Ohavay Zion Synagogue, Islamic Center of Lexington, Wesley United Methodist Church, the University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association and St. Paul Catholic Church.
To learn more, go to Lovethehungry.org.