LaGrange spearheads a 'Stop Hunger Now' challenge among Georgia UM schools


Following a successful Stop Hunger Now event last year, students at LaGrange College had two requests: They wanted to do it again, and they wanted to do it bigger.

“Our students were so excited to see the impact they could make through Stop Hunger Now,” said the Rev. Blair Tolbert, Director of Student Ministries. “We all started to talk about how we could do it better this year.”

That’s when the idea of a challenge was born.

The Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown, Vice President for Spiritual Life and Church Relations at LaGrange, contacted Cindy Autry, who serves as Executive Director of the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Campus Ministry.

“We called a meeting of all the chaplains at the other Methodist colleges and universities in North Georgia and had a representative from Stop Hunger Now do a presentation,” Brown said. “We then issued a challenge to every school to participate in their own packing event to see who could pack the most meals.  The group set a combined goal of more than 125,000 meals.”
Results are still being reported, but so far the numbers are:
LaGrange College packed 25,140 meals
Reinhardt University, 10,000 meals
Young Harris College,10,000 meals
Oxford College at Emory University,  20,000 meals
Wesley Foundation at Georgia Tech, 10,000 meals

Stop Hunger Now is a faith-based organization founded by ordained United Methodist minister Ray Buchanan. It is designed to provide rapid, cost-effective responses to international crisis situations. 

The meal packaging program began in 2005 and has 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. Since its inception, SHN has packaged 73,467,773 meals and has delivered more than 150 meal shipments to 46 partners in 30 countries. 
Autry said she appreciated LaGrange College stepping up and issuing the challenge.