Students, faculty and other members of the Blue Ridge School community, led by our Student Council, gave their Saturday morning, January 6, to assembling 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger (RAH). The packaged meals consist of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes twenty-one essential vitamins and minerals.
RAH, an international hunger relief agency based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and their families all over the world for more than thirteen years. The food packs store easily, transport quickly and have shelf-lives of five years.
This is the seventh year that BRS has participated in this effort. Each meal costs around 29 cents (food, packaging and shipping), which is paid for, in part, by the money saved when the BRS community gives up dessert for several meals as well as one soup-only lunch.
The meals packaged by members of the BRS community on January 6 will be included in a shipment to Haiti next week and are intended for school children for whom this may be their only meal that day.
RAH aims to eradicate hunger throughout the world. In addition to providing nutritious meals for children, the organization also provides disaster assistance as well as programs that help local communities address food at a grassroots level.
For photos of the meal-packing at Blue Ridge, click here.
For a video of the boys in action, click here.