Foodstock is with the Stop Hunger organization, which helps to provide food to children in schools and orphanages in Africa. The church will share a generous portion of food resources available in the U.S., while also providing a way for the community to get involved.
“If you think about it we generate enough food to feed the world,” Rev. Keith Lawder said. “We believe that those who have an abundance need to share with those who have less.”
Senior Pastor Wiley Stephens said the church hosts around three to four different food drives a year and church members began to support Stop Hunger through birthday parties by having friends donate a meal instead of giving gifts.
Volunteers will prepare more than 300,000 meal bags and every meal costs 25 cents. Each meal bag provides six children with one meal packed with rice, beans and vitamins. When mixed with water, the meal looks similar to porridge. Lawder said this meal may be the only source of protein and other vitamins the children receive.
“Children cheer when they see these boxes coming into their village because it means they will have some food,” Stephens said.
The church is expecting to have between 800 and 1,000 volunteers. Each volunteer will have a station at the preparation table or weigh station or work as a runner and work in at least two-hour shifts. Lawder said there are tasks for all ages to do.
The church is not the only congregation to work with Stop Hunger. Lawder said churches throughout the U.S. are working with this organization.
Anyone in the area is invited to pre-register or come the day of to volunteer. The church already has one two-hour shift filled.