A group of Scripps Ranch residents recently volunteered to package meals for Rise Against Hunger. The group packaged 10,152 nutritious meals, which each included a vitamin packet, dehydrated vegetables, rice, and soy flour. Volunteers packaged the meals in an assembly line fashion, from scooping and weighing to sealing and packaging. “Each person had a job and enjoyed being part of such a meaningful cause,” said Julie Korpan, whose company hosted the event. It was especially meaningful when the group found out that the meals would be going to schoolchildren in Cambodia. “A dear friend and longtime Scripps Ranch resident who was a refugee from Cambodia was with us volunteering with her son,” Julie said. “This event meant that much more to her.”

Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based initiative that gives individuals and organizations the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program. The packaged meals are used primarily to support school food programs in developing countries, which leverages support to other causes including poverty, disease, education, and the welfare of women and children. Learn more at www.riseagainsthunger.org.