This past weekend Rise Against Hunger and Rotary District 6760 joined forces in the fight against hunger. More than 100 Rotarians and their families packaged meals for people suffering from chronic hunger around the world.

The event took place at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs and members of local Rotary organizations in Franklin and Brentwood joined with Rotarians from the Western half of Tennessee to assemble 14,000 meals.

Over 250 Rotarians from the Western half of Tennessee except Memphis are spending two days at the Marriott in Cool Springs for an annual conference, with a keynote by Williamson County resident and voice of the Titans, Mike Keith.

Rise Against Hunger meal packaging events are volunteer-based programs that coordinate the streamlined packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. These packages are shipped world-wide to provide international hunger relief.

“Rotary International has put forth many efforts to assist the nearly 870 million people on our planet who are chronically undernourished,” explained Jerome Bannister, District Governor for District 6760 in Middle Tennessee. “As Rotarians, we believe in the simple truth that No Child — anywhere in the world – should ever go to bed hungry. Fortunately our local Rotarian leaders are partnering with Rise Against Hunger to ‘Make a Difference.’”

Rotary District 6760 is comprised of 63 clubs in Middle Tennessee, with a district membership of 3,555 business professionals and community leaders. Rotarians strive toward a goal of “Service Above Self.” This international service project is planned as part of the annual District Conference for Rotary District 6760.

Founded in 1998, Rise Against Hunger has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people in 74 countries. Last year, more than 398,000 volunteers from corporations, churches, schools and civic organizations packaged Rise Against Hunger meals.