'Meals of Hope' aims to prevent hunger in Carson Valley

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Updated: 8/05/2014 6:48 am
CARSON CITY, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Sierra Lutheran High School in Carson City will host the first-ever 'Meals of Hope' meal-packing event to benefit those in need throughout the Carson Valley area.

Volunteers from local organizations, churches, and civic groups will gather to assemble 100,000 meals to be delivered to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet -- an organization that operates through contributions made by Carson Valley residents, local service groups, churches, businesses and local food merchants.

The event will take place on Tuesday, August 5th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Area individuals, businesses, and civic groups are invited to participate in the community-wide event. Hundreds of volunteers are set to roll up their sleeves and in two short hours, pack 100,000 meals for adults and children who are often not sure where they will get their next nutritious meal, according to a Meals of Hope press release.

According to a 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48.8 million people in the United Sates live in food-insecure households. 16.1 million of these households having “very low food security” -- meaning one or more people in the household were hungry over the course of the year because of the inability to afford enough food.

“There is a silent epidemic happening within our country today, and although the reality can be overwhelming, Meals of Hope and its partners are making definite strides in combating hunger and food insecurity here at home,” says Executive Director Stephen Popper.

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