3,500 volunteers to package 1,000,000 meals with Luther Automotive and Stop Hunger Now.

Feb 20, 2013, 10:42 ET from Stop Hunger Now

Luther Automotive's third annual Drive to Serve community event.

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Luther Family of Dealerships, Emergency Foodshelf Network and Stop Hunger Now are joining forces for this visual event and bringing together 3,500 employees, customers, kids and families to package one million, highly nutritious, vitamin fortified meals.

From Friday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 24th, 3,500 volunteers will assemble ingredients, weigh, seal, and package food to be distributed to hungry children in developing countries. This year's event will be held at 6325 Sandburg Rd. Golden Valley, MN (just a few miles from downtown Minneapolis). Volunteer sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 12:00 to 5:00 on Sunday. The Twin Cities community has been encouraged to join Luther Automotive employees and customers by signing up for a two-hour session to help package meals.

Why? To combat global hunger and help feed families in the Twin Cities.

Volunteers are asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Emergency Foodshelf Network, Luther Automotive's local hunger relief partner for this event. Also, for each bag of Stop Hunger Now food packaged by volunteers, Luther Automotive will donate 25 cents to Emergency Foodshelf Network.

"We're not striving to beat last year's numbers, we're just dedicated to feeding more hungry people," said Barb Hilbert, Chief Financial Officer for Luther Automotive.

Visit www.drivetoserve.com to register for a volunteer shift online or call Sharla Beithon at (952) 258-8817 for more details and registration. Here's a link to a promotional video regarding the event.

Stop Hunger Now is an international relief organization, driven by the vision to create a world without hunger.  Its mission is to end world hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Stop Hunger Now has a focus on sustainability and meal packaging offices in South Africa and Malaysia with offices opening soon in Mexico and Italy.

For more information visit www.stophungernow.org/minneapolis

Emergency Foodshelf Network is a full service food bank, providing quality, nutritious food and support services to over 230 hunger relief partners, including food shelves, on-site meal programs, and Fare For All sites, throughout the state of Minnesota.

For more information visit www.emergencyfoodshelf.org

Contact:  Matt Oquist, Community Development Director
(612) 384-7555 | moquist@stophungernow.org
Scott Anderson, Program Manager
(952) 221-3914 | sanderson@stophungernow.org

SOURCE Stop Hunger Now