July 27, 2015
Duvall Homes’ residents volunteer throughout the year in a variety of ways that provide an opportunity to develop vocational skills while benefiting the community. Just weeks ago, a new partnership with Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now, Orlando) was launched and after a start-up, residents have already packaged 2,000 meals! Not only are those in desperate need of food provided for, but at the same time, the developmentally disabled served by Duvall Homes benefit from a new sense of purpose, achievement and community responsibility. Packaging has been incorporated into the Day Training curriculum at Duvall Homes and participants are determined to continue with their mission to help others. Giving back is an integral part of the Duvall Homes philosophy and this important project is just the latest in a long line of efforts our residents are engaged in to do their part. We are proud to recognize them and keep you updated with their accomplishments!
Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger. Volunteers set up and take down packaging stations and equipment, fill bins with raw ingredients, scoop ingredients into meal bags, weigh and seal the bags, box and stack them on pallets, and load the pallets and equipment onto a truck. The meals are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief. At the same time, this vital project benefits the residents of Duvall Homes, by providing dexterity/ hand-eye coordination exercise; hands-on experience in cooperation and team-building; problem-solving and goal-setting; while creating a platform for success.
To date, our residents have packaged 15 boxes (3,240 meals)! Each meal feeds 6 people…so in just one month efforts have provided help to feed 19,440 people!
Each meal costs .29 cents and Duvall Homes spends approximately $150-$200 each month for ingredients to sustain the program. Help us continue to make a lasting, global impact with your donation today!