Can you imagine?
17,000 children die every day from starvation and other preventable hunger-related causes.
The problem is so big, we think we can't do anything about it...
But YOU can make a difference
In just 2 hours you can personally package a 33-pound box of 216 nutritious meals for children who are malnourished or even starving.
These nutritious meals contain rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and a specially formulated vitamin blend that targets the immune systems of malnourished children.
Gather with hundreds of volunteers who will work together in assembly lines to measure food ingredients, funnel them into plastic bags, and then weigh, seal and box the meals.
Can you imagine being four-year-old Zara? Can you imagine being dragged from the only home you have ever known? Fleeing with your family from the terrible noise and horror and danger of war-torn Syria just to have a chance to survive? Imagine how terrified you would be.
Almost every day, we hear about the millions of children living in desperate circumstances. And the problem is so big, we feel like we can’t really do anything to help.
But you can do something. You can make sure children like Zara have nutritious food to eat. With your gift of just $65 you can adopt a box of food. That box will provide 216 meals for a desperate family.
Life-giving food directly from your hands to the hands of a starving child
Gather a team
You need a core team of committed people to pull this off. Check out our Hunger Challenge Tool Box for more details. An HSM staff member will be glad to answer your questions.
Decide how many meals to package
One pallet of food = 66 boxes = 14,256 meals
20 pallets of food = 2,640 boxes = 285,000 meals = one shipping container of food
Choose a Site
A gymnasium works beautifully, or a church fellowship hall or a school all-purpose room. Our Hunger Challenge Tool Box gives details about workable room sizes.
Set your date and confirm it with HSM
Check whether your desired date is available. Make an initial deposit and complete a Hunger Challenge Agreement.
Publicize your Hunger Challenge
HSM provides publicity cards and posters – either preprinted or fillable PDF files. You will want to use email, social media, press releases, posters and word of mouth to get the word out. It's all in the Hunger Challenge Tool Box.
Raise the funds
Each nutritious meal costs just 30¢. Each box of 216 meals costs just $65. Roughly, each volunteer who works for two hours will package a complete box of food. Therefore, a basic budget is $65 x the number of volunteers who will work. There are many ways to raise the funds. Download our Fundraising Options document for ideas.
Schedule your volunteers
HSM will set up our customized registration system where volunteers will sign up online to participate in your Hunger Challenge. The system also allows people to donate toward your event. You can track how many people are signed up, send emails, print name tags and check-in lists, and follow up with your volunteers after the event.