The impact of being a summer camp volunteer for "Stop Hunger Now" has driven Molly George to do her part in seeing millions don't go hungry. The 18-year-old daughter of Terrell and Linda George, is set to host a packaging event during the week of Thanksgiving at McNairy Central as her Senior Project.
"This is just my little part," said the active member of Christ United Methodist Church in Corinth. "We always think we do enough, but we can always do more."
The understanding of doing more begins Wednesday around the world. October 16 is World Food Day when individuals are urged to skip a meal and use the money to stop hunger.
George has encouraged fellow students to take the stand on Wednesday.
"Our problem as teenagers is thinking when we aren't doing something wrong, we are doing enough," said George. "I saw how much individuals can do at the camp."
George and several students won't be paying the normal lunch cost of $2.25 on Wednesday. Instead, they will use it to help feed those with a greater need.
"A lot of my friends are all in," said George.
McNairy students recently used proceeds from their Powder Puff games to aid the hunger cause.
According to the "Stop Hunger Now" website, 10,000 meals is the minimum for a mobile packaging event with 35-40 volunteers working for two hours. Volunteers work to assemble rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages.
George's goal is to better the minimum.
"I am shooting for 20,000," she said.
Going double isn't something that just popped into the senior's mind.
"I have been thinking about the project for years," she said. "By doing something like this, it gives me an opportunity to get other people involved."
Other people means more than just students and those in McNairy County. People throughout the area are encouraged to donate. A donation of 25 cents will feed one person. A gift of $25 will provide 100 meals. Donations of $50 will mean 200 meals for those struggling while a $100 gift provides 400 meals.
All donations are also tax deductible.
"Stop Hunger Now" expects to package four million packages this month alone," said George, who is a Bobcat cheerleader.
The hunger crisis is one which affects people around the world. More than one billion people do not have enough to eat, according to a "Stop Hunger Now" brochure. In developing countries, 10.9 million children under age five die each year. "Stop Hunger Now" points out that a child dies every six seconds from a hunger-related cause.
Around the world, more than 868 million people lack adequate food and more than 25,000 die each day from hunger-related illnesses. "Stop Hunger Now" operates meal packaging locations in 17 cities throughout the U.S. and international locations in South Africa and Malaysia.
Founded in 1998, "Stop Hunger Now" has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 65 countries. More than 300,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations have packaged more than 110, 000,000 "Stop Hunger Now" meals.
(For more information about the local packaging event or to donate contact Molly George at 731-439-6303.)