School children in Ibo Beach, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, eat food provided by Stop Hunger Now and funded by the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Founded in 1998 by the Rev. Ray Buchanan, a United Methodist minister in Virginia, the organization has provided more than $44 million in direct aid to more than 60 countries, including more than 5 million meals for the poor.
For 2008, Stop Hunger Now has set a goal of packaging 5.5 million meals. On Aug. 23, its "University Million Meal Event" brought together 4,000 volunteers from nine colleges and universities to assemble 1 million meals in one day.