World hunger is the focus of St. Louis World Food Day and a special effort at John Burroughs School to package meals for hungry and critically malnourished children in Tanzania.
World Health Organization statistics suggest that a child dies every six seconds from malnutrition and related illnesses, and World Food Day is designed to increase understanding of this problem and also take action to stop it.
Volunteers, who can be as young as 7 (with an adult), can register online as teams or individually to help assemble packets of nutritious food that will feed up to six children. A registration fee of $10 per student/educator and $20 per adult will help offset the cost of the food packaging and shipping.
John Burroughs School student Don Soffer founded St. Louis World Food Day after spending more than two years engaged in a similar effort at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, which hosted the first St. Louis World Food Day event.
This year, the organization hopes to package more than 200,000 nutritious meals. The food is designed to reverse the starvation process and restore health. Each packet contains Missouri rice and soy produced by St. Louis-based Solae Company. The cost of each life-sustaining meal is approximately 25 cents, which covers the ingredients, packaging and international shipping.
St. Louis World Food Day packaging will take place on Friday, Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.at John Burroughs School, 755 Price Road, St. Louis.
For more information and to register, go to www.stlwfd.org or call 314-786-2785.