WILMINGTON — About 1,200 volunteers took part in a Stop Hunger Now event at UNC Wilmington Saturday, packaging vitamins, soy, vegetables and rice into bags that feed five children.
"Hunger is everywhere and wherever we can help, that is where we need to be," said Roland Efford, a volunteer.
Church groups, boy scouts, students and other community members came out to help.
"It makes me feel good. It makes me feel like I am doing my part and I am helping somebody," said Brandon Boone, a student volunteer.
Volunteers filled, weighed, sealed and packed thousands of nutritious meals for people in Africa.
"It's not a lot of work, it's a lot of fun, but you're also helping a lot of people, and when you realize how many people are fed by just these small bags of food it's amazing," said Pam McCallion, a volunteer.
The crash of a cymbal for every 2,000 meals packaged let the crowd know they were that much closer to their goal of almost 300,000.
"This is just the very least that we can do," organizer Bill Anlyan said. "There are 110 million starving people on this planet. Every six seconds somebody is dying from malnutrition and starvation."
The volunteers not only helped fight hunger around the world, but also helped staving families in the area by donating to the local food bank.
"We're trying to attack starvation … locally as well as globally and I think that's resonated," Anlyan said.
Organizers said they had more volunteers than they needed and Efford said he wasn't surprised.
"The community understands hunger and we're all out here to support," Efford said.
Stop Hunger Now also accepted donations toward typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.