More than 1,100 McLean residents — representing a number of churches, schools and civic groups — plan to come together Saturday to Stop Hunger Now and likely will hit a major milestone.
The one-day goal is to package 300,000 meals in three shifts, starting at 8 a.m., at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road.
It will be the fifth such meal-packaging event over the past three years. At the end of the day, McLean volunteers will have packaged 1 million meals for hungry children in Haiti.
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to countries around the world, according to a news release. More than 25,000 people die of hunger-related causes every day.
Longtime McLean resident Bob Hahne learned about the event while attending a Rotary Club conference in April 2010. Soon afterward, he and his wife, Barb, committed to packaging 1 million meals for those in need around the world.
In November 2010, a group of 500 volunteers got together to package 100,000 meals. Similar events followed in June 2011, November 2011 and November 2012 — with the number of volunteers and meals packaged for the day growing each time.