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1. To raise the awareness of the community concerning the reality of hunger on a local level, outside of our immediate area, and in the world.
2. To permit and promote the opportunity of gathering food and monetary resources to be used in our own community and beyond.
Project Hunger seeks to tell the story about the reality of hunger to all who would be interested and want to do something about it. Hunger has been prevalent in many parts of the world throughout all ages. Hunger permanently impairs or destroys the very lives of millions of people all over the world every year. Around twenty-four thousand people die every day because of hunger-related causes. Approximately one hundred times as many people who actually die suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Nearly all of these are unknown to a world which shares in God's abundance which we experience and know so well. Probably the main reason that all of this is happening stems from apathy or assuming that surely someone is taking care of their needs without our help. The goal of Project Hunger is to address this situation through education and action. Nearly every community we know has some method to help the hungry, homeless, and hurting through local food banks, pantries, missions, shelters, and the like. The real problem areas that need our immediate attention are the countries where rampant hunger, starvation, disease, and lack of basic health and shelter facilities exist. It is our firm belief that we can best work through private hunger/relief/health organizations that have a history of having the most commitment and ability to be of greater help where it is needed. Therefore, we sincerely encourage those who have a heart for this type of ministry to share in the opportunities and challenges that confront all of us at this time and in the future. May the Lord enable us to grow and experience some of the many rewards that lie ahead for us.
A small group of local citizens from the Grand Island, NE area met to talk about the existence and reality of food shortages in their local community and several other locations throughout the world. The point in time was November, shortly before Thanksgiving, 1990. Devastating famines were then ravaging Ethiopia, Sudan and other African countries. At the same time there was a persistent shortage of grocery items on the shelves of the Grand Island Community Food Pantry. So dire was the case that a single food order was hard, if not impossible, to put together at times.
1991. Project Hunger incorporated with twelve Board of Directors members. 501 (c) (3) status granted Project Hunger, Inc., by the IRS. US Postal Service issues bulk-mailing permit to the organization. Project Hunger, Inc., begins publishing a quarterly newsletter.
1994. Monfort, a beef packing industry in Grand Island, NE starts complimenting all of the beef for Skagway Stores to process into one pound packages of hamburger to honor food vouchers issued by the GI Community Food Pantry. This program has remained in place as of this update in January, 2008. There were years when approximately 5,000 pounds of hamburger was processed and distributed because of the combined efforts from this generous act of kindness. The same beef packing industry was sold to Con Agra, and is presently owned by JBS Swift & Company.
1996. Project Hunger conducts first "Easter Basket Extravaganza" at the Grand Island Mall in Grand Island, NE
1998. Project Hunger's website first went on line. Project Hunger joins the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce.
1999. "Holiday Baskets" program first started at Thanksgiving time with fifty dinners distributed. Project Hunger starts "Third City Food Bucks" Program. $17,000.00 was raised in the first seven months of the program's existence. Toodles, the big-hearted giraffe originated in Grand Island, NE and begins to share her message on the web with the world.
2000. Project Hunger establishes its first office in the St. Stephen's Community Center in Grand Island, NE.
2001. First Project Hunger "Harvest Festival for World Hunger" conducted at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE.
2002. First partial container packed with used clothing, shoes and medical supplies and sent off to Lithuania via Orphan Grain Train in Norfolk, NE
2006. "Harvest Festival for Hunger Awareness" holds November event at the Grand Generation Center in Grand Island, NE
2007. "The Gathering Table" conducts an entire year of continuously serving Sunday evening meals at the Salvation Army dining room in Grand Island, NE. The program was first started in October of 2006
2008. More than $500,000.00 has been raised since 1990 for all programs developed and established through the efforts of Project Hunger and with the Lord's blessings. This takes into account all actual funds received along with the many thousands of volunteer hours and in-kind services provided by countless Project Hunger advocates and supporters.