St. Louisans Invited to Package 250,000 Meals for Malnourished People
St. Louis, MO, September 15, 2015 – A child dies every six seconds from malnutrition and related illnesses according to reports by the World Health Organization. St. Louisans are invited to help address this critical need at a community-wide event hosted by St. Louis World Food Day on October 16th at John Burroughs School in Ladue. Details and registration information can be found at www.stlwfd.org.
World Food Day marks the founding of the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization and is designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-round action to alleviate hunger.
St. Louis World Food Day 2015 will be held on October 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at John Burroughs School (755 S. Price Road) in Ladue. Thousands of volunteers from all over St. Louis will package rice/soy protein meals to be sent to critically malnourished people in sub-Saharan Africa and macaroni and cheese meals that will be distributed in St. Louis and other U.S. cities. Adults and children (as young as 7 with an adult) are invited to register to be part of teams and assemble packets of nutritious food that feeds up to six children.
The food is designed to reverse the starvation process, help restore health, and improve mental and physical alertness. The sealed packages have a shelf life of two years. The cost of each life-sustaining meal is approximately 25 cents, which covers the ingredients, packaging, administration, and international shipping of the food. Our partners, The St. Louis Area Foodbank and the Outreach Program, Inc., of Union, IA, will deliver the meals locally and to school-based feeding programs in sub-Saharan Africa or for use in emergency relief situations.
For additional information or to register to attend, please click here.