We have just launched the #2030ispossible campaign to demonstrate the glorious possibility of ending hunger by 2030. Together we can create a world without hunger. Rise Against Hunger is celebrating 20 years of helping to end hunger around the world, and I am just as excited now as I was the first day we opened the doors. Since we began in 1998, Rise Against Hunger has facilitated the packaging of over 380 million highly nutritious meals for the world’s hungry. These meals are comprised of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. But that’s far from all we do. In response to the United Nations Sustainable Goal #2, ending hunger by 2030, Rise Against Hunger has developed four Pathways to End Hunger: 1. We Respond to Emergencies by distributing food and aid to victims of natural and manmade disasters and crises. 2. We Empower Communities by increasing self-sufficiency through promotion of agricultural development, business skills training, and market access. 3. We Nourish Lives by supporting nutrition- based safety net programs that provide education, training, and opportunities.
4. We Grow the Movement by building awareness and the will to end hunger by encouraging volunteerism and advocacy. I cannot imagine anything that’s as important, as meaningful, as powerful, or as much fun as working together to end hunger in our lifetime. In the words of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca: “ The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world.” Rise Against Hunger is going to make it happen. It is possible. #2030ispossible . Working together, we are going to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. What could be better than that? Ray Buchanan, United Methodist minister, author, and former Marine, founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030 through the collaboration of volunteers and organizations. Ray teaches in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, VA and is active with several local and international nonprofit boards. www.riseagainsthunger.org
hunger in our lifetime. In 2017, for example, Rise Against Hunger engaged over 400,000 volunteers around the globe, packaging over 72 million high-protein meals for the hungry. Meal packing events were held in 36 countries and distributed to implementing partner organizations in 72 countries.