Stop Hunger Now was established in 1998 to combat the high incidence of hunger internationally. Currently, it is estimated that there are 950 million hungry people in the world. Stop Hunger Now is a non-profit international relief organization headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid around the world. Since its inception, Stop Hunger Now has delivered over $56 million worth of aid and more than 59 million meals to people in more than seventy countries.
The organization's vision is a world without hunger and our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
In 2011, more than 70,000 volunteers packaged 19 million meals through Stop Hunger Now's meal packaging program, which supported school feeding programs in thirty-seven countries and provided much needed relief to those afflicted by famine, flooding, and other disasters. Another 3.34 million meals were packaged by volunteers internationally in South Africa, Malaysia and the Philippines.
With the help of supporters, volunteers, and partners, ending hunger in our lifetime is achievable, and our movement to end hunger continues to gain momentum. In 2011, we opened three new meal packaging locations in Southern California; Washington, DC; and Orlando, Florida, so even more volunteers have the opportunity to be involved.
With the help of supporters through the Methodist Church, we have been able to engage more people in the fight against hunger, package more meals to alleviate this problem, and as a result, allow more children to receive an education.
Goals & Objectives
Our long term goal is to end hunger in our lifetime. Stop Hunger Now has a five-year strategic plan to:
(a) Engage more than 500,000 volunteers in the fight against hunger annually. By utilizing volunteers, SHN has the opportunity to education and motivate thousands of people about the problem of hunger and what can be done to alleviate this problem.
(b) Package 150 million meals on an annual basis. In 2012, we expect to exceed 25 million meals.
(c) Provide more than $20 million in in-kind aid to our partner agencies by carefully matching their needs with resources. In 2012, we expect to send more than $5.5 million in in-kind aid, primarily vitamins and medications.
SHN is working to strategically open new packaging locations to satisfy the requests of the volunteers who would like to take part in our packaging activities. We are also working diligently to increase production at our current locations, all with a goal of reaching or 150,000,000 meal target by 2016. SHN currently has requests from twice the number of qualified partners to receive our meals than we have meals to send and and almost equal number of requests to package meals. Therefore, we are increasing our capacity to package as well as our ability to send meals to those who so desperately need them.