MSR’s theme this academic year is community outreach, and we are doing it on a global scale by providing nutritious meals for undernourished children through Stop Hunger Now’s school feeding program. The official MSR kickoff was Sept. 21, which is recognized by the United Nations as World Peace Day. Our program began with all students, faculty and staff participating in the “Quarter Challenge” which will run for almost the entire year. Everyone is encouraged to donate 25 cents a day, which is the cost for one of SHN’s highly nutritious meals. The big event will be on May 8-9-10 at the main campus, and everyone will be involved in packaging meals: all MSR students, grandparents and special friends (celebrating Grandparents Day at MSR), parent volunteers, alumni, faculty and staff. Matching-gift and other sponsors will help us meet our goal to raise $25,000, which will provide 100,000 meals to hungry schoolchildren throughout the world.
The Need is Real. The Need is Urgent.
• Despite the fact that there is enough food in the world to feed everyone 4.3 pounds of food every day, there are more than a billion hungry people in our world today.
• 400 million are starving children, and more than 110 million live in just 10 countries.
• A child dies every 15 seconds due to malnutrition. This is the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.
Children Helping Children
The Montessori School of Raleigh and its students will:
• Partner with Stop Hunger Now to target school feeding programs.
• Feeding children at school stops hunger with the long-term goal of increasing educational levels in order to break the cycle of poverty. Implementing school feeding programs can cut hunger in half by 2015.
• MSR will raise over $25,000—by collecting quarters all year and matching gifts for same—to provide 100,000 meals.
The Ultimate Value Meal
• SHN’s highly nutritious dehydrated meals contain rice, soy protein, vegetables and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. They cost only 25 cents each.
• On May 8, 9 and 10, nearly 1,000 MSR students, parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and staff will package at least 100,000 meals on campus.
About Stop Hunger Now
Established in 1998, Stop Hunger Now is an international relief organization headquartered in Raleigh that coordinates the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid around the world. With its unique Meal Packaging Program, the organization has developed a practical and affordable means to end hunger. Stop Hunger Now has earned Charity Navigator’s Four-Star rating for its exceptional fiscal management in executing its mission.
Founded in 1974, the Montessori School of Raleigh serves approximately 400 families in the greater North Raleigh area. Fully accredited by the American Montessori Society, MSR educates children ages 18 months to 15 years within an environment where children are treated with respect, structure is inherent, and the learning possibilities are endless.
All 380 MSR students are excited about this program! Since the inception of this project and the Quarter Challenge in September 2012, students have been donating 25 cents per day at school, as well as hosting bake sales, designing and selling note cards promoting world peace, organizing a 5K run, and other activities to support this project. Not only will our students be raising the money and packaging the meals, but elements of this project have been worked into the curriculum at every level: from Toddler to Middle School, MSR students are learning about nutrition, food sources, geography, cultures, global politics, etc.—as well as philanthropy.