Million Meals Event a Big Success

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Million Meals Event a Big Success

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The Bulls help sponsor the Million Meals service event, as students from Duke & N.C. Central line up to help.

Duke University, Durham Rotary Club, North Carolina Central University, and the international hunger relief agency, Stop Hunger Now, joined together to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Million Meals service event sponsored in part by the Durham Bulls on the evening of Wednesday, January 21, 2009, on North Carolina Central University’s campus.

Approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students from Duke and NCCU packaged approximately 75,000 nourishing, dehydrated, rice-soy meals for Stop Hunger Now. The meals the volunteers packaged will be sent to crisis-burdened areas and school lunch programs to a cholera-relief camp in Zimbabwe.

The Million Meals event addressed Duke student initiatives and promoted both ethical and moral deliberation and dialogue. Following the meal packaging, Duke and NCCU students broke into groups of 10 to 20 to participants in an open dialogue reflection session. During the reflection session, the students reflected on both current and past human rights issues and current global and domestic hunger relief efforts and policies.

January 17, 2007 marked the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Duke/NCCU Stop Hunger Now Event. They were successful in not only having a relatively equal representation of volunteers from both universities, we also surpassed our goal of beating North Carolina State’s meal packaging record by packaging 155,404 meals. Last year was also a success and marked the beginning of what has become an annual event.

Thanks to Self Help’s Malcolm White for this capcom story.

 

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