Sponsors, meal packers sought for ‘Campaign to End Hunger’

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MANASSAS, Va. – With less than 30 days remaining before the House of Mercy’s fourth annual “Campaign to End Hunger” meal-packing fundraiser, Oct. 18, only about a quarter of the available tickets to pack meals for those in need have been sold.

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More than 5,000 pounds, or 30,000 meals, of rice and beans are destined for two impoverished communities in Honduras as part of the 150,000 meals to be packed at this year’s “Campaign to End Hunger,” the annual meal-packing fundraiser of local nonprofit humanitarian organization the House of Mercy.


That’s the word from House of Mercy Assistant Director Felice Hilton. “The truly sad consequence is that, as of now, we’ll be able to pack only about 37,000 meals to send to the hungry in Appalachia. That sounds like a lot, but it’s far below our goal of 150,000,” she said.

About 80 of the 320 two-hour meal-packing shifts available have been filled, less than what the nonprofit humanitarian organization’s event coordinators hoped to have by this time, said Hilton, among the campaign’s organizers. Each shift is $35, which pays for food ingredients, packing supplies and meal shipping and helps fund the agency’s operating costs and community programs throughout the year, organizers said.

While a number of sponsors have signed up to provide meal packers and to help fund the one-day campaign, which will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the community center in Manassas Park, Va., the House of Mercy is looking for more, Hilton said.

Sponsorships at the $500 level, among four levels for the campaign, and event program ads including the sponsor’s name are still available, she said. The $500 sponsorship level, named “Friends of House of Mercy,” includes extensive branding and prominent visibility at the event for the sponsor, with the sponsoring organization’s logo on an event banner and ad in the event program, according to House of Mercy sponsorship information for the campaign.

“We are so thankful to the companies that have come forward to help us this year with the 2014 Campaign to End Hunger humanitarian project,” said Hilton. “These heroes are making it possible for the event to occur and for the food to get to the communities where it is needed.”

She said that organizations that have signed up as sponsors include NVMS (National Vendor Management Services, Inc.), TS&T (Traffic Systems and Technology) and Able Moving and Storage, Inc., all located in Manassas. Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Bristow, Va., is also a sponsor, and Knights of Columbus of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Gainesville, Va., is sponsoring 10 meal packers for the event, Hilton said.

The House of Mercy will send packaged ready-to-cook meals produced during Campaign to End Hunger to the coal-mining areas of Kentucky’s Appalachian region, which has dramatically high unemployment and poverty rates, Hilton said.

The agency also plans to ship 30,000 meals, or more than 5,000 pounds, of beans and rice to Honduras to feed the hungry in “two desperately poor communities,” Hilton said. “One of the villages has an orphanage where the beans and rice will be prepared for the children who live there,” she said.

For more information about Campaign to End Hunger or to register as a meal packer, visit www.houseofmercyva.org and select “Our Causes.” To sign up as a sponsor, email help@houseofmercyva.org. House of Mercy’s campaign is held in conjunction with events for the United Nations’ World Food Day, which is Oct. 16.

To learn more about the House of Mercy, call 703-659-1636 or visit www.houseofmercyva.org.






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