Jonesboro First United Methodist youth need help to stop hunger

JONESBORO — How do you make 10,000 meals with a pumpkin?

It’s simple if you know Jonesboro First Methodist Youth’s secret.

For Clayton County residents who may wonder where the proceeds go from the youth-sponsored Pumpkin Patch every October at Jonesboro First Methodist on Main Street, anyone can come and participate in the Stop Hunger Now program Sunday at the church.

Church members will be assembling 10,000 meals to help end hunger by providing food and life-saving aid. The food assembly combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets.

The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country.

These 10,000 meals were purchased by JUMC Youth with money made during the Pumpkin Patch sales. The youth of the church will be packing the meals Sunday but they will need many adult volunteers to tackle the massive task. Families and friends are asked to volunteer to work a shift either 2 to 3 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m., packaging meals and helping with the ongoing mission. At least 80 volunteers are needed. Anyone able to assist is encouraged to call the church office at 770-478-6444.