Rotarians out to pack 50,000 meals for hungry people across globe

Please join us in packing 50,000 meals at Sharples School on Saturday 14th April 2018 - pledges of money and time welcome

Rotarians and volunteers in Bolton are joining forces with an international hunger relief organisation to pack 50,000 meals for people across the globe in urgent need of food.

The Rotary Club of Bolton Lever and the charity Rise Against Hunger partnering for “District 1285 Meal Pack” which will take place at Sharples School in Bolton on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

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Rise Against Hunger meal packing events are volunteer-based programmes that package highly nutritious dehydrated meals, comprising rice, soya, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

Rotary International – the organisation which aims to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian aid, goodwill and peace around the world – has made “Making a Difference” its theme for 2017/18.

President of Rotary Club of Bolton Lever, Dr Ravi Mene, said the Meal Pack would be the third such Rotary-sponsored Rise Against Hunger event in the North West.

“It builds upon the success of the previous meal packs in Warrington and at the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland conference in Manchester,” he said.

Rise Against Hunger gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger. Established in 1998, it has provided more than 225 million meals in 73 countries.

Organisers are appealing for pledges for volunteers to cover two or four-hour packing shifts on the day, and/or financial donations (suggested £50pp) to cover the food costs.

In addition, each attendee is asked to bring a food item, for example tinned beans, tinned/packet soup, pasta etc, for distribution to local food banks within the Bolton Lever district.

The club would also welcome involvement from Rotary Clubs in the North West and can come and talk to your club about how to get involved.

“This is an ideal team building event for local businesses, with employees who want to get involved in a hands-on humanitarian project,” added Dr Mene.

The event is open to volunteers from church groups, youth organisations, community groups, clubs and service organisations. Individual volunteers and family groups are also very welcome to join us. Children are welcome, (aged five and above) when accompanied by an adult.

Sponsorship options for local business are also available.

Volunteer registration can be carried by email at: or by calling Swati Mukherjee on 01204 840955 or by visiting the website

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