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It’s still early in the year, so we figured it is a great opportunity to reintroduce ourselves! Whether you’re already familiar with Rise Against Hunger and looking to deepen your impact, or this is your first time hearing about us and want to learn more, here are nine things to know about our organization! 

Our mission is to end hunger by 2030.
820 million people worldwide go to sleep hungry each night, but there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. Therefore, it is possible to end hunger in our lifetime, which is what we’re working toward! 

Our mission supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2.
Ever wondered why we’re working to end hunger by 2030? It’s a goal put forth by the United Nations! The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are “the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” by addressing global challenges. And Goal 2 is Zero Hunger by 2030. Therefore, the United Nations acknowledges that ending world hunger by 2030 is vital for everyone’s future, and we’re proud to support that goal! 

Source: United Nations

We were founded in 1998 under the name Stop Hunger Now.
The organization was founded by Ray Buchanan in 1998, originally under the name Stop Hunger Now, with the goals of providing food and aid to people in need around the world and responding to disasters. 

In 2017, we changed our name to Rise Against Hunger.
Stop Hunger Now changed its name to Rise Against Hunger to reflect and encompass our growing portfolio of programs designed to address the root causes of hunger around the globe and empower communities to rise for decades to come. 

We’re headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina…
We’ve been based in Raleigh since 1999 and our meal packaging program was first launched there in 2005 before expanding to other locations

… but we have 28 locations across the United States and five internationally. While we’re based in Raleigh, we have locations all over the country! We also have five international locations in Italy, India, Malaysia, South Africa and the Philippines. So, if you’re looking to host a Rise Against Hunger Experience meal packaging event, chances are we have a location near you!

We have four pathways we use to end hunger in our lifetime!
Each pathway is designed to tackle different aspects and causes of hunger. The pathways are:

Nourishing Lives is the creation and distribution of meals to vulnerable communities around the world.
Responding to Emergencies is the distribution of food and aid to victims of natural and man-made disasters and crises.
Empowering Communities is the development and implementation of agriculture and income-generating projects.
Growing the Movement works to build awareness to world hunger and share that it is possible to end it in our lifetime. 

In support of our Nourishing Lives pathway, we facilitate the packaging of meals for people in need.
Our meals are packaged by volunteers at Rise Against Hunger Experience meal packaging events. The volunteers work together to package meals comprised of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and essential vitamins and minerals into bags. These meals are then distributed to people in need around the world

With the help of our volunteers, we’ve packaged nearly 539 million meals for distribution in 78 countries!
We’re so appreciative to all of our volunteers who have helped us package meals for the world’s most vulnerable! Want to see a cool breakdown of where our meals have gone? Check out our map here that does just that! 

Want to get involved in Rise Against Hunger’s mission? Donate today to support our efforts as we work to end hunger by 2030! 

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