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Local school hosts World Food Day Nov. 3 for sixth consecutive year

By: Bonnie Krueger

Almost 2,000 St. Louisans [ages 7 and older] will work one-hour shifts to package rice/bean/soy protein meals for critically malnourished people in sub-Saharan Africa and fortified macaroni and cheese meals for hungry people in St. Louis and elsewhere in the region. The event is on Friday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in the John Burroughs School field house.

The sixth-annual St. Louis food-packaging effort is one of many events organized internationally on and around World Food Day, which commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The goal of St. Louis World Food Day is to increase awareness, understanding and informed year-round action to alleviate hunger. The meals that volunteers will assemble are designed to reverse the starvation process and restore health. Each packet feeds up to six children and has a shelf life of two years. The cost of each life-sustaining meal is about 25 cents, which covers the ingredients, packaging, administration and international shipping of the food. St. Louis World Food Day partners – including the St. Louis Area Foodbank and Outreach, Inc. of Union, Iowa – distribute the meals regionally and to school feeding programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2012, more than 1.6 million meals have been assembled at St. Louis World Food Day events, helping to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people.

Pre-registration is required and registration fees [$10 students/teachers; $20 adults] help defray a portion of the cost of packaging ingredients, supplies and meal distribution. Volunteers may participate on their own or as part of a team. Parking will be available in the Clayton Road and Price Road parking lots. For additional information or to register to attend, visit stlwfd.org.

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