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A Hands-on Impact on World Hunger

Our meal packaging program engages volunteers for the  assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals made up of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Established in 2005, the program was created to give volunteer groups — from schools, to communities of faith, to workplaces and  civic clubs — the opportunity to make a direct impact  AND to become educated, engaged advocates for ending hunger. Volunteers gain experience in leadership development, team building, creative problem solving and goal setting and achievement. Our meals are distributed to those in need around the globe, meeting immediate needs today while enabling communities to break the cycle of poverty.

How It Works

To get started in organizing a Meal Packaging Event, set a goal for the number of meals you will package and contact your local Rise Against Hunger location. Recruit volunteers based on your goal. Then, raise money for your event to cover the cost of each meal you package.  A group of 40 to 50 volunteers can package a full pallet of 14,256 meals in about two hours. Meal Packaging Events are easily scalable and can accommodate packaging up to 1 million meals.

Our events can be held in locations around the world, depending on availability of funding, volunteers and locally sourced ingredients. The meal minimum may change depending on the distance from a Rise Against Hunger location, and other fees and site requirements may apply to events beyond 100 miles away.

For more logistics details, as well as assets to help you promote your event, check out our Preparing for Your Meal Packaging Event page.

Packaging with a group?

Rise Against Hunger teams up with a variety of groups to fight hunger including communities of faith, schools, civic clubs, corporations and more. For more information about your group might work with us, please visit the links below:

Colleges and Universities
Communities of Faith
Civic and Service Clubs

Ready to Host Your Own Event?

To find out more about meal packaging and how to organize your own event, fill out the form below and our closest Rise Against Hunger team will contact you to start planning!