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Rotary International: Rise Against Hunger

The River and Soul team took this Saturday off to attend a Rise Against Hunger rally!

Rise Against Hunger Entrance

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organisation that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

This rally was organised as a Rotary District 1230 of Western Scotland project. So every club in the district turned out! As Callum and Janey are part of Glasgow Rotoract, we came along for the whole day. But we were just part of a team of 260 people who turned out to take over the Intu Breahead Arena on Saturday.

Rotary International and Rise Against Hunger Banner Rise Against Hunger Banner

The Process

We acted as a huge production line.

First there are the Packing Stations. These stations have between 4 to 6 people on them. They pack plastic bags with a portion of Rice, Soya, Lentles, and a vitamin sachet. The team has to make sure everything goes into the bag in the right order and in the right quantity.

Filling stations hard at workSealing Team and Quality Control

Next the packed bags get taken by runners to the Quality Control Team. They make sure each bag weighs the correct amount, topping up if needed, before passing the bags to Sealers. The Sealers create an air-tight seal on the bags. These are then passed to the final Boxing Team.

The Boxing Team puts the packets into boxes, stacks them on pallets and puts them in a lorry. They are then shipped out to the world’s most needy.

There were 2 shifts (morning and afternoon) of 2 hours. In that time our team of 260 managed to pack a whopping 75,000 packets of food!

Re-supply Station

Janey was based at a Packing Station. She kept her team motivated and quickly got them working in sync to the music and packing to their full potential. Callum was based at the re-supply station. His job was to run around and replace empty boxes of ingredients at Packing Stations with full boxes.

Rise Against Hunger is working with the United Nations to achieve the UN’s goal of ending world hunger by 2030. This is a fantastic organisation. If you want to know how to get involved then click here!

Rise Against Hunger Logo

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