Richmond church volunteers pack over 10,000 meals on MLK Day

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Richmond church volunteers pack over 10K meals to feed people
Bay Hills Church teams with Rise Against Hunger to package over 10,000 meals to send to people facing hunger throughout the world on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Photo contributed)

A significant volunteer effort at a Richmond church on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will help feed people facing food insecurity throughout the world.

On Monday, members of Bay Hills Church at 4555 Hilltop Drive helped package more than 10,000 nutritious meals in partnership with the international nonprofit Rise Against Hunger.

The day of service, an effort to honor Dr. King’s legacy through giving back, had volunteers working together at the church to package meals consisting of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and vitamins into bags. The packaged meals will be sent to people facing hunger around the world, according to church officials.

To date, Rise Against Hunger has facilitated the packaging of more than 540 million meals for worldwide distribution. Their challenging work continues: About one in ten people globally goes to bed hungry each night, officials said.

Monday’s volunteer effort at Bay Hills Church aimed to further the cause, with organizers aptly referencing this Dr. King quote: “Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources. The deficit is in human will.”