Mitchell Presbyterian’s Youth fought against hunger last weekend.
The group hosted its Rise Against Hunger event March 24 at the church, as more than 70 volunteers from throughout the community converged to created 10,000 meals that will be delivered overseas to help with areas that suffer from food shortages.
According to youth coordinator Kathy Massey, the most recent deliveries were sent to Mozambique, but the church will receive a response in about three weeks to find out where their packages were sent.
Mitchells started the program after participating in a similar one several years ago at Massanetta Youth Conference.
“ They(youth) have been interested in hosting Stop Hunger Now and with donations/funds raised, we were finally ready to organize the event and make their mission possible,” Massey said.
Children as young as eight and residents as old as 65 helped package meals that included soy, vegetables and rice.
Massey said she was impressed by the response from the community as they received about 30 more volunteers than they expected. Members of the Culpeper Ruritan Club – Steve Hicks, Don Shuman, Billy Sisk, and Scott Fisher – also helped pack meals.
Mitchells Presbyterian member Posey Howell said he knew of other churches in the region that participate – pointing out his granddaughter has helped in Manassas. This is the first time the Culpeper congregation has volunteered.
“It’s just a barrel of fun, everyone was really up and feeling good about what they were doing because it was a worthy cause, many people are not as fortunate in the world as we are,” Howell said. “It was very positive.”