Many people across the world, including children, go hungry every day. To assist with aid for these individuals, CHRISTUS, as an international organization committed to giving back to others, partnered with Rise Against Hunger to help their hunger relief efforts.
Through a day of service at the CHRISTUS system office in Irving, CHRISTUS Associates packed food for Rise Against Hunger and achieved an important milestone: preparing 100,000 meals. These meals will go to malnourished individuals around the world, and are vital to the work of Rise Against Hunger.
Beginning its meal packaging program in 2005, Rise Against Hunger depends on volunteers like CHRISTUS to help make their vision of a world without hunger a reality.
Addressing fundamental health-related needs of under-served individuals is consistent with the CHRISTUS Health mission.
“By partnering with organizations like Rise Against Hunger, CHRISTUS can help address basic needs of people. As an international health system, we are passionate about providing for communities across the globe,” said Gerry Heely, senior vice president and chief mission integration and leadership formation officer at CHRISTUS. “It is gratifying to see so many of our Associates willing to donate their time to help others in some of our Latin America communities. Through their work, you see the CHRISTUS mission coming to life.”
Approximately 85 CHRISTUS Associates volunteered with the international hunger relief organization on June 8. They packed ingredients that were high in protein, dehydrated, and of high nutritional content. By creating an assembly-line packaging system, Associates created nourishing meals of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
The opportunity to participate in the hands-on hunger relief efforts was embraced by Associates. Living the mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, CHRISTUS Associates were eager to contribute to aiding the malnourished around the world.
“As a parent, I appreciated the chance to make sure that a more families had access to nourishing meals,” said Hiba Ramm, CHRISTUS Health’s Director of Talent Acquisition. “It is great that CHRISTUS helps us live the mission through service opportunities like working with Rise Against Hunger.”