Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Front Royal, VA— Randolph-Macon Academy students and faculty will join together on Thursday, May 3rd at 2 pm to package 20,000 meals for the hungry, under the auspices of Stop Hunger Now.
Each meal feeds six people, and R-MA’s Cadets-In-Action (CIA) group has spent the last two years raising the funds--$5,000 total--for this event. They have held “Penny Wars,” bake sales, and hosted other fundraising activities.
The meals will be packaged in the R-MA Middle School gymnasium. Set-up will begin at 1:30 pm, with the packaging expected to start at 2:00 pm. It will continue until all 20,000 meals are completed, approximately 4:30 pm.
According to stophungernow.org, “Stop Hunger Now is a Raleigh-based international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 13 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. Stop Hunger Now launched its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of five years and transports quickly.”
“The Randolph-Macon Academy family is very excited about this,” said Maj Gen Henry M. Hobgood, president of R-MA. “It is very humbling when you can participate in a program like Stop Hunger Now and know that you are helping to make a difference in so many lives.”
Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.