Volunteers ready to pack meals for the hungry

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Volunteers plan to unload two semi-trucks full of rice, vitamins, soy and vegetables this weekend during the Gwinnett County and Sugarloaf United Methodist Church event, From Hunger to Hope, a massive food collection effort.

During the event, more than 1,500 volunteers plan to arrive in three-day shifts for a round-the-clock food pack. Organizers anticipate about 400,000 prepackaged meals will be packed to send to Feed My Starving Children, an organization that aims to feed underprivileged children around the world.

The gathering involves people from all faiths, denominations and all cultural backgrounds focusing on the issue of hunger. Through the event, meals can be provided to a starving child for 22 cents, which equates to an entire year of food for a child at $80.

Throughout the weekend, additional volunteers will be collecting canned goods for local Gwinnett County food banks.

To bring more awareness to the plight of the hungry, an interactive experience called "The Journey" will highlight the problems and solutions to hunger as middle and high school students from Gwinnett County Public Schools participate in a fasting discipline to raise money and awareness.

All events over the weekend culminate in a celebration worship service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds.

The Gwinnett County Fairgrounds is located at 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.

For more information, visit www.sugarloaf.org.