• 4,609,530 total meals provided

    876,318 meals packaged in 2016 - 357,786 YTD 2017

News/Updates

235,000 Meals Provided to Haiti Relief Efforts

October 27, 2016
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Love the Hungry is providing 235,000 Nutri-Plenty™ meals to Southwest Haiti in response to the devastation left in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  With the help of Louisville-based Supplies Over Seas, 20,000 meals were included in a shipment of medical supplies that will benefit St. Boniface Hospital in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti.  An additional 215,000 meals are being distributed through the Mission of Hope/HaitiOne network.

Nutri-Plenty™ meals are packaged by local volunteers of all ages and contain a specially-formulated mix of ingredients designed to alleviate and reverse the effects of malnutrition.  To learn how your organization can sponsor a packaging session, phone 502-459-9199.lth-to-haitione-010

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September Events Push Totals Past 4,000,000

September 30, 2016
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427 volunteers of all ages participated in Love the Hungry packaging events during the month of September – producing 96,876 Nutri-Plenty™ meals.  Participating groups include:  REACHCorps Service Project, Bellarmine University, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church – Columbus, IN, Rullman-Hunger Funeral Home/SE Indiana, Aramark Day of Service at Supplies Over Seas, and First Christian Church – Lawrenceburg, KY.

Since September 2011, Love the Hungry (formerly Kids Against Hunger-Louisville) has packaged more than 4,000,000 fortified me14479589_1116189958468700_9124644181910848443_nals that provide life-changing nutrition to children suffering from chronic hunger.

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Support Love the Hungry During Give Local Louisville Day

September 12, 2016
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give-local-louisvilleSeptember 15th is Give Local Louisville Day – a 24-hour online giving event that helps more than 600 local nonprofits raise awareness and dollars to support their missions.  Love the Hungry will designate all proceeds from Give Local Louisville to purchase three high-efficiency cookstoves.  The stoves will be included in an upcoming shipment of humanitarian aid to South Sudan.

Give Local Louisville is hosted by the Community Foundation of Louisville.  Bonus pools, special incentives and other prizes can help multiply the impact of your donation.  To participate, visit www.givelocallouisville.org on September 15th, search for Love the Hungry, and make a gift of $10 or more.

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August Volunteers Package 34,560 Meals

September 1, 2016
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Volunteers at St. Johns Lutheran – Lanesville, IN count Nutri-Plenty™ pouches.

265 volunteers from Lexington, Louisville, and Southern Indiana joined Love the Hungry for August packaging events.  Groups included Springs Valley HS FFA, Northeast Dubois HS FFA, and St. Johns Lutheran Church – Lanesville, IN.

A special interfaith event was hosted by Temple Adath Israel featuring faith-based organizations from throughout Lexington.  Volunteer teams included Wesley United Methodist Church, Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah, St. Paul’s Catholic, B’nai B’rith, Ohavay Zion Synagogue, and Central Baptist.  A Bat Mitzvah celebration also engaged dozens of youth volunteers in a Love the Hungry packaging session.

Dates are still available for groups to schedule 2016 packaging sessions.  For details phone 502-459-9199.

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Dine at Chili’s. Support Love the Hungry!

August 2, 2016
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Chili’s Restaurants are offering a special promotion to benefit Love the Hungry!  Now through October 31st when you visit Chili’s (dine-in or To Go), 15% of your pre-tax purchase will be donated to Love the Hungry.  Offer is valid at Chili’s Restaurants throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana, including:

Kentucky:  Louisville, Bardstown, Frankfort, Lexington

Indiana:  Clarksville, Seymour, Columbus, Greensburg

Participants must present the promotional voucher or state that you’re supporting Love the Hungry.  One coupon per person, per visit at participating restaurants.  Offer ends October 31st.

Help spread the word at your church, workplace, school,  and community organization and encourage your family and friends to enjoy a meal at Chili’s while supporting a great cause!

To download and print the promotional vouchers, click here:   LTH flyer – Chili’s Promotion

 

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Cookstoves for South Sudan

July 29, 2016
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Imagine preparing meals for 900 orphaned children using three stones, a bundle of firewood or charcoal, and a few cooking pots.  Women and children are exposed to smoke and scorching heat for hours each day because this is the only means of preparing meals.

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Cooking over open fires exposes women and children to dangerous emissions and the risk of burns from scorching heat.

Love the Hungry is launching a new campaign to deliver high-efficiency cookstoves to the Yei Orphan Center in South Sudan.  These institutional-sized stoves are developed by In-Stove – a leading manufacturer of rocket stoves utilized by humanitarian programs.  In-Stove rocket stoves are safe, practical, durable, and cost-effective.  Each high-performance stove provides a 90% reduction in harmful emissions and cooks twice as fast as an open fire.  An integrated chimney routes all emissions outside and away from people.  Each stove requires a very small amount of fuel to cook a full pot of food.

Your secure online gift will help eliminate dangerous cooking methods.  To make a life-changing donation, click here:

https://donate.lovethehungry.org/campaign/cookstoves-for-south-sudan/c89094

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Summer Packaging Teams Reach Milestone

July 29, 2016
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Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do our volunteers!  Packaging teams during June and July have produced more than 100,000 Nutri-Plenty™ meals.  Our thanks to Rotary District 6710, GE Appliances, EFCA Youth Gathering, LDS-Louisville Youth Conference, Resurrection Lutheran VBS, Louisville Collegiate, and RX Crossroads Merck PAP Team.

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Volunteers celebrate the 1,000,000th Nutri-Plenty™ meal.

On July 23, volunteers from the RX Crossroads Merck PAP Team packaged the 1,000,000th Nutri-Plenty™ meal.  The Nutri-Plenty™ meal features Mathile M+ Micronutrients and was introduced in September 2015 during Love the Hungry’s transition to a new name.

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LTH Team Visits South Sudan

June 1, 2016
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Dale Oelker (Executive Director) and John Deng Ater traveled to South Sudan to assess the impact of food-aid that’s been provided during the past 2.5 years.  In partnership with A Child’s Hope International and the Anglican Church of South Sudan, four shipping containers carrying more than 1,000,000 meals have been delivered to South Sudan – a country devastated by war and political conflict.  Love the Hungry has focused its efforts on assisting more than 900 orphaned children being cared for by the Anglican Church in Yei – approximately 100 miles outside of the capital city Juba.  Fortified meals have also been provided to the Juba Teaching Hospital.

Rev. John Bol, a pastor responsible for the care of the orphans stated “You have improved the living standard of our children!  Thank you very much for the food that you have provided.”  Love the Hungry also delivered water purification supplies provided by WaterStep – a Louisville-based nonprofit dedicated to clean, safe water worldwide.

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A nearby stream is used for bathing, washing clothes, and drinking water.

Working with local contractors, plans are being developed for a Nutrition Center and clean water initiative that will multiply the impact of Love the Hungry’s humanitarian efforts.

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April Totals Surpass 150,000 Meals

May 9, 2016
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Mayor Greg Fischer greets volunteers during the “Give A Day” Mayor’s Week of Service

More than 1,100 Love the Hungry volunteers produced 154,458 Nutri-Plenty™ meals during the month of April.  Packaging teams included groups from Springs Valley FFA, duPont Manual HS, West Washington HS, Redeemer Lutheran, Middletown Christian, First Christian Church, Jefferson County Retired Teachers, Kentuckiana Works, Beargrass Christian Youth, Rotary Club of Louisville, Wellington Elementary School,  Ballard HS Special Friends, and Harrison County, IN. 

55,824 meals were packaged during the 5th annual “Mayor’s Week of Service.”

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Join us During the 5th Annual “Give-A-Day” Week of Service

April 4, 2016
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Love the Hungry will once again be hosting volunteers throughout the 5th Annual “Give-A-Day” Week of Service.  Since 2012, nearly 3,000 volunteers have participated in Give-A-Day packaging sessions – producing more than 285,000 nutritious meals!  2016 Packaging Sessions include the following dates:

Saturday, April 16          10 AM

Sunday, April 17               4 PM

Monday, April 18            10 AM     2 PM

Wednesday, April 20     10 AM     2 PM     6:30 PM5th-annual-give-a-day

Friday, April 22               (Bellarmine University)

Saturday, April 23          10 AM

Sunday, April 24              5 PM

Volunteers must register online.  Participating teams are asked to provide 11 volunteers and make a $500 donation to offset the costs of packaging supplies.  Individual volunteers are encouraged to make a $25 donation.  For more information phone 502-459-9199.

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