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ECU to Pack 750K Meals

The ECU Volunteer and Service-Learning Center will host a University Million Meals event Aug. 23 at C.M. Eppes Middle School as part of a collaborative, statewide initiative for an international hunger relief organization headquartered in Raleigh.

Organizers hope the anticipated 4,000 statewide volunteers can package a million Stop Hunger Now meals in one day. ECU volunteers will aim for a goal of 250,000 packaged meals. Volunteers are still needed for the event.

ECU is one of nine universities and colleges who will deliver volunteers for packaging meals, while drawing attention to the war against hunger.

In addition to ECU, participating institutions will include Meredith College, Peace College, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s College, North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and North Carolina Central University.

“We can end hunger in our lifetime,” said Rod Brooks, CEO of Stop Hunger Now. The volunteer efforts “will demonstrate just how much is possible if we get involved, work together and commit to feeding those who suffer from hunger,” he said.

Stop Hunger Now’s meals include rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin-fortified flavoring mix with 21 essential vitamins and minerals. Each meal costs 20 cents to make, and the organization is raising $200,000 to make the event possible.

For additional information or to volunteer, contact Shawn Moore at 328-2735 or Pam Barclay at 328-2802.

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 1, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at