Starkville First UMC packs over 34,700 meals for Stop Hunger Now

10655231_827158420647773_2260759247460573541_oIt was a big goal…packing 34,500 meals in two hours for the Stop Hunger Now program, but First United Methodist Church was up for the challenge.

They also raised $10,000 during the month of October to feed hungry people around the world. It is an important mission for Starkville FUMC, and a project the whole church family can be part of.

“Preschool children are helping their parents pour rice into the bags and people who can not stand for a long time are sitting and sealing the bags,” said Dr. Giles Lindley, senior pastor at Starkville FUMC. “We can put will over 100 people to work all at the same time.”

Stop Hunger Now is major ministry emphasis for the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Starkville District Superintendent Dr. Embra Jackson said many people do not realize the extent of hunger in their own communities.

“However, in today’s society, nearly every community has individuals and families who lack enough food,” Jackson said. “Stop Hunger Now is a ministry that helps combat hunger in many of our communities.”

Delphine Swanson, wife of Dr. James Swanson, bishop of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, cares deeply about this project. She has challenged churches throughout the state to help reduce hunger by packing 1,000,000 meals this year.

“Starkville First UMC accepted Mrs. Swanson’s challenge by packing 34,776 meals for Stop Hunger Now,” Jackson said. “I applaud Starkville First for their efforts and encourage other churches to participate in this ministry.”

Starkville FUMC members who could not attend packing day helped with fundraising, including the Stop Hunger Now 1/10 of a Marathon Race and several church children had lemonade stands to help with the fundraising effort.

“We are glad that Stop hunger Now allows us to share food around the world in a simple and efficient way,” Lindley said. “But, we are also glad that the program keeps these need in the forefront of our minds.”

For more information on Stop Hunger Now, go to


See this story in the October 31, 2014 edition of the Starkville District newsletter at 10-31-14 newsletter.


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