Hollins is joining the global movement to end world hunger by 2030.
The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life and Meriwether Godsey, the university’s dining services provider, are combining forces with the international relief organization Rise Against Hunger to host a series of special events to raise funds, package meals, and spread the word about achieving the realistic goal of a world without hunger over the next 22 years.
Activities will begin with Hollins’ annual Golden Rule Dinner on Tuesday, March 13, from 5 – 7 p.m. in Moody Dining Hall. “For many years, this simple meal of soup and bread has raised awareness of our neighbors who struggle with food insecurity,” said University Chaplain Jenny Call. “As many religions and spiritual traditions have a version of the ‘golden rule,’ an injunction to ‘do unto others as you would have them to do unto you,’ we show compassion for those who are hungry and work toward hunger relief.”
Through the Golden Rule Dinner, Meriwether Godsey will make a donation to Rise Against Hunger based on the meal savings and the amount of people participating through meal card swipes or dinner purchases.
Also on March 13, Rise Against Hunger Chief Development Officer Peggy Shriver will discuss issues of women, poverty, and hunger relief beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Moody Student Center’s Goodwin Private Dining Room. “Attendees are invited to bring their dinner and listen and learn as they eat,” said Call.
Rise Against Hunger will offer Hollins students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to take part in hands-on service on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14, in Moody Student Center’s Ballator Gallery. “They will guide us in packing and sealing bags of rice, soybeans, and vitamins that will provide the required daily nutrients to a family of four,” Call explained. “Hollins’ goal is to fund and pack 30,000 meals over these two days. Classes, groups, and individuals are invited to come and go as they are able throughout the scheduled hours (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday) to help with the packing.”
The Darci Ellis Godhard Fund for Social Justice is partially funding the lecture and meal packaging events. Additional monetary donations and registration for the meal packaging events can be made online: