Foodstock 2012 at Dunwoody UMC packs 152,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now
By KEITH LAWDER
More than 800 volunteers gathered at Dunwoody UMC on August 18 to celebrate Foodstock 2012, a food packing festival for Stop Hunger Now. When the dust settled, 152,586 meals were packaged, boxed, and prepared for shipping, making Foodstock 2012 one of the largest such events to take place at a single venue in the Southeast.
“It was a great day,” said Senior Pastor Wiley Stephens. “Co-chairs Wade Hatcher and Sean Taylor did a marvelous job of organizing and leading.”
A team of 60 youth and parents unloaded bags of soybeans, rice, and dried vegetables on Friday evening. Saturday the gym was transformed into 13 assembly stations where all the ingredients plus vitamins were measured and funneled into plastic bags. Runners carried the bags to other tables where they were weighed, sealed, and placed into boxes for shipping.
What was really amazing, said Taylor, was to see so many people from the church and our community come together for a great cause. “Old and young, families and singles, people standing, people sitting, everyone was having a good time serving others,” he said. All in all, volunteers bagged more than 10.7 tons of food in one day.
“My favorite Foodstock image,” said Hatcher, “is the sight of an older gentleman weighing packages. A five-year-old girl was helping him read the numbers on the scale.”
Stop Hunger Now is an organization started in 2005 to help feed hungry people, especially children around the world.www.stophungernow.org.