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Stop Hunger Now Indianapolis will hold a grand opening to celebrate its newest warehouse location in Indianapolis on Sat., Jan. 17, 2015, in partnership with Merchandise Warehouse. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of the supporters, funders and meal packaging volunteers that helped establish Stop Hunger Now and package more than 400,000 meals in Indianapolis. The grand opening will include a 100,000 meal packaging event in partnership with Merchandise Warehouse and Lake Point church, a hunger awareness presentation, and meal packaging demonstrations.

Stop Hunger Now Chief Program Officer, Allen Renquiest; Director of Expansion and Program Innovation, Mickey Horner and Regional Program Director Brandon Faulkner will be on hand for the festivities.

“3.1 million children die each year from malnutrition. Merchandise Warehouse has stored food for more than 60 years, so it’s our pleasure to support the mission of  Stop Hunger Now to end hunger worldwide in our lifetime,” says Tim M. Siddiq, President & CEO Merchandise Warehouse Co., Inc. “Our company is proud to be partnered with Stop Hunger Now by providing a central warehouse location for the Indiana and Midwest communities.  Witnessing our employees passion to volunteer with their family at our annual Pack- A Thon is one of the most important rewards as a business owner.”

Stop Hunger Now recently opened its popular and effective meal packaging program in Indianapolis to provide local residents a hands-on way to help end world hunger. Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events are a volunteer-based program that coordinates the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Around the world, more than 805 million people lack adequate. Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging locations in 19 cities throughout the U.S. and international locations in South Africa, Malaysia, Philippines and Italy. More than 450,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged Stop Hunger Now meals.

Groups of all sizes and ages can organize a meal packaging event with Stop Hunger Now to assemble meals consisting of rice, soy, dehydrated, vegetables, and vitamins that are used to support development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics.  Working with these programs helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skills development, and health care while also receiving much needed nutrition.

Volunteers will package meals in three shifts from 12PM to 3PM on Saturday January 17, 2015, at 8540 Combs Rd, Indianapolis, IN. Interview opportunities will be available with Merchandise Warehouse President & CEO, Tim Siddiq, Chief Program Officer, Allen Renquiest; Director of Expansion and Program Innovation, Mickey Horner;Regional Program Director Brandon Faulkner and local community volunteers.

For more information contact Devin Walker at (317) 489-5663, or dwalker@www.riseagainsthunger.org

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