• 8,230,216 total meals provided

    Celebrating 523 volunteers of all ages

    packaging 135,684 Nutri-Plenty® meals YTD in 2023!

News/Updates

2023 Outreach Feeds Children and Families in 12 Countries

January 4, 2024
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The mission of Love the Hungry is to provide nutrient-rich meals that alleviate and reverse the effects of malnutrition – especially in young children. With your support, Love the Hungry made a significant impact in 2023, reaching those suffering from food insecurity and hunger throughout the world:

4,000+ volunteers of all ages participated in 85 packaging sessions

— Nearly 800,000 Nutri-Plenty servings were packaged – enough to feed 25,000+ children every day for an entire month

— More than 900,000 meals were delivered to Feeding Centers in twelve countries, including Chad, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Sudan, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United States

60,000 fortified meals were donated to local organizations serving families throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana

Nutri-Plenty® meals are prepared at the Hearts in Motion Nutrition Center in Pueblo Modelo, Guatemala.
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Children at Tigray Refugee Camp Receive Aid

December 4, 2023
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War and conflict have shattered Ethiopia, resulting in thousands of children unable to receive food and other essentials needed for a healthy life. Love the Hungry recently partnered with local nonprofit SOS to deliver 70,000 fortified meals and basic medical supplies to a Tigray refugee camp where many children were suffering from malnutrition. In just three days, nutrient-dense Nutri-Plenty® meals were credited for a noticeable improvement in the health of the children!

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Summer of ’23

September 12, 2023
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As the season officially comes to an end, we pause to celebrate the Summer of ’23. Six hundred volunteers participated in Love the Hungry packaging sessions – producing more than 145,000 fortified Nutri-Plenty servings! A container shipment of aid arrived safely at Nile Orphan Care in South Sudan – providing life changing nutrition to hundreds of children each day. More than 120,000 meals were provided to organizations delivering supplies to war-torn Ukraine. In partnership with SOS, nourishing meals are reaching children in Malawi, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, and Love the Hungry donated 15,000 meals to a mission outreach in Guatemala. It’s more than a meal. It’s the means to a healthier tomorrow.

While international distribution helps address the most urgent needs, Love the Hungry has recently provided more than 30,000 meals to assist families in Louisville, eastern Kentucky and southern Indiana. And let’s not forget that the 5th Annual Double D Farm Cruise In raised nearly $20,000 – enabling a $5,000 donation to help Nile Orphan Care build a Nutrition Center in South Sudan. Our heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, organizations, and donors that took action to make the Summer of ’23 a season of meaningful impact!

Since the official launch in 2012, volunteers have packaged meals for 138 consecutive months!
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Give A Day Volunteers Produce 60,000 Meals

May 9, 2023
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More than 300 volunteers joined Love the Hungry throughout the month of April as part of the Mayor’s “Give A Day” month of service. Volunteer teams included Middletown Christian Church, U of L Student Life/ELSB, JCPS Explore Teams (Westport Middle School, Ramsey Middle School, Newcomer Academy, Kammerer Middle School, TJ Middle School, Grace James Academy, Shawnee Middle School, Farnsley Middle School), Sims Family and Friends, St. Andrew UCC, Latter Day Saints, and Amazon.

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Wellington Elementary Highlights March Events

April 4, 2023
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More than 400 Wellington Elementary students grades K – 5 were among the 827 volunteers that participated in packaging sessions during the month of March. Each grade filled six stations with volunteers and rotated teams into the stations throughout the school day to create more than 11,000 Nutri-Plenty servings. In total, more than 97,000 fortified meals were produced in March with the help of volunteer teams from Toyota ProLift, Archdiocese of Louisville Youth, University of Louisville, St. Francis-Xavier, Beargrass Christian Church, and Wellington Elementary School.

Wellington Elementary students demonstrated great teamwork in packaging 11,316 fortified meals!
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5th Annual Double D Farm Cruise-in

March 13, 2023
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Drive out to the farm, bring a lawn chair, and enjoy a great day at the 5th Annual Double D Farm Cruise-in benefiting Love the Hungry. Saturday, June 10 Noon – 5 PM. A food truck will be on site with burgers, hot dogs, sides and drinks. Music from the Black Dog String Band. Live and silent auctions help raise proceeds for Love the Hungry. The Double D Farm is located at 4900 Waddy Road in Waddy, KY. Donations of auction items in advance of the event are always appreciated. For additional information, please contact Donna at 502-533-8045.

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Nonprofit Global Health Partnership Sends Aid to Turkey/Syria

March 2, 2023
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In the aftermath of the February 6th earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, local nonprofit organizations quickly addressed the most urgent needs and responded with a shipment of humanitarian aid. SOS helped coordinate the effort and provide logistical support to load a UPS cargo plane with 200,000 pieces of first-response medical supplies, 80 bleach making kits from WaterStep, 800 wool blankets from the local Red Cross, and more than 70,000 fortified meals from Love the Hungry. With funding from the UPS Foundation, a UPS disaster response flight was scheduled, and the supplies arrived on February 18. Non-governmental agencies in both Turkey and Syria are coordinating distribution of the supplies.

More than 50,000 deaths have been reported, and it’s estimated that 1.5 million homes were destroyed.

A collaborative response from SOS, WaterStep, Love the Hungry, UPS and the local Red Cross provided urgently needed supplies to Turkey and Syria.
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MLK Day Volunteers Create 28,000+ Fortified Meals

January 17, 2023
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146 volunteers in two locations joined Love the Hungry on January 16th for a Day of Service in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Participants included students from Bardstown HS, Bethlehem HS, St. Joseph School, and the University of Louisville, plus volunteers from the Bardstown Rotary Club and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority/Beta Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter. More than 28,000 Nutri-Plenty® servings were packaged – providing nourishment for children and families suffering from chronic hunger.

Volunteers from the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority/Beta Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter
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November Volunteers Produce 100,000+ Nutri-Plenty® Servings!

December 5, 2022
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462 volunteers participated in Love the Hungry packaging sessions during the month of November – producing 105,846 Nutri-Plenty® servings. Participating groups included the Rotary Club of Louisville East Sunrise/CEC Interact, UPS New Hire Pilots, Middletown Christian Church, Immaculate Conception Parish, Thrivent Mid-America Member Network, Louisville Task Force to Aid Ukraine, Taylor Advisors, and St. Aloysius Church and School. Love the Hungry currently has fortified meals being delivered to Cuba, Guatemala, Liberia, and Ukraine to assist in addressing hunger that has reached crisis levels.

Families at St. Aloysius Parish and School packaged more than 24,000 Nutri-Plenty servings!
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Transition Underway to New Packaging Center

November 15, 2022
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In October, Love the Hungry began the transition to a new Packaging Center location at 3103 Fern Valley Rd – Suite 107. Located in the heart of Louisville near the airport, the new site features 4,000 SF of event space that can accommodate groups of 100+ volunteers. The new location also greatly expands the capacity to store raw materials and packaged meals. Details will be announced soon for the official grand opening. Groups of all sizes are welcome to schedule packaging sessions by contacting Love the Hungry at info@lovethehungry.org or 502-459-9199.

Volunteers from Middletown Christian Church are among the first groups to visit the new location.
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