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Contact: Mary Beth Soffer
St. Louis World Food Day 2019
St. Louis, MO, November 4, 2019 – As part of St. Louis World Food Day on Friday, November 1st, more than 2000 St. Louisans packaged nutritious, vitamin-fortified meals to help feed the hungry within local and international communities. “The event gave St. Louisans of all ages the opportunity to join together in service and take action against hunger by providing nutritious meals to people in need living in St. Louis and Tanzania,” said Mary Beth Soffer, St. Louis World Food Day Board President.
World Food Day marks the founding of the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization and is intended to increase awareness, understanding, and informed, year-round action to alleviate hunger.
Throughout the day, St. Louis volunteers worked side-by-side in teams packaging rice/bean/soy protein meals to be provided to a school-based feeding program in the Singida region of Tanzania. During the event's evening hours, at the three hour long “High School Rally Night for Hunger and Hope,” 225 student volunteers representing 18 area high schools assembled vitamin-fortified macaroni and cheese meals intended for local distribution.
The sealed meal packages assembled at the event have a shelf life of two years and the cost of each life-sustaining meal is approximately 25 cents (which provides for the meal ingredients, packaging, supplies, and distribution of the meal packets). The St. Louis Area Foodbank coordinates local distribution of the meals and the international meal distribution is executed by the Outreach Program, which has worked in Tanzania for nearly two decades.
Key event sponsors included the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Emerson, Edward Jones, St. Louis Bank, DuPont, Ascension, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Simmons Bank, and The Staenberg Group. To learn more, view the full list of sponsors, or make a donation, please visit www.stlwfd.org.