When Goochland High School senior and MCJROTC Cadet David Johnson was planning his Senior Project, he decided to help tackle worldwide hunger.

On March 5, Johnson led a local Rise Against Hunger food packaging event in the MCJROTC building and brought together 40 volunteers from the MCJROTC and the local community. The volunteers packed 10,000 meals that will be distributed by the Rise Against Hunger organization to fight hunger in the developing world.

Johnson raised funds to pay for the costs of the meals and organized the packing event. In just over two hours, the team that he put together was able to pack the meals, palletize them, and prepare them for shipping to those in need. Johnson worked with Rise Against Hunger previously with his church. “I really like the organization and think that their approach to eradicating hunger is the best model and produces the best results,” Johnson said.

According to Staff Sergeant (Ret.) Daniel Strong, MCJROTC Marine Instructor, the MCJROTC is excited to continue the relationship with Rise Against Hunger. “Rise Against Hunger distributes nourishing food by partnering with schools, which reinforces the need for education to break the cycle of poverty in areas that most need it,” he said. “We look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Rise Against Hunger is a 501 (c) (3) from Raleigh, North Carolina, founded as a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies.