Silicon Valley Indian Lions Foundation Packs 10,000 Meals To Combat Hunger
India-West Staff Reporter
HAYWARD, CA – The Silicon Valley Indian Lions Foundation demonstrated commitment to alleviating hunger by organizing a massive meal-packing event at the Hayward Veterans Memorial Hall on September 11. With over 70 volunteers, including Lions Clubs District Officers, the event aimed to address local hunger issues while raising awareness about global hunger challenges.
President Sunil Bhakta extended a warm welcome to the enthusiastic volunteers, commending their dedication to creating a positive impact. Before kicking off the program, Douglas Vu, a representative from the Rise Against Hunger program, provided volunteers with a brief orientation on the meal packing process.
The event unfolded in a hall adorned with numerous tables, each stocked with meals containing vital nutrients such as rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, and a vitamin and mineral packet. The Lions District Governor Manil Babu Shrestha inaugurated the event by striking a ceremonial gong.
Volunteers quickly formed an assembly line and meticulously began packing the meals. This process involved precise tasks such as measuring and pouring ingredients into bags, weighing and sealing the bags, and packing them into boxes. Astonishingly, the volunteers managed to pack an impressive total of 10,152 meals in just over two hours, showcasing their efficiency and dedication.
The impact of this event extended beyond providing meals to those in need. It served as an opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together and raise awareness about the pressing issue of global hunger. Lions International Past District Governor James Varghese emphasized the significance of such initiatives, highlighting that they not only address hunger but also foster a sense of community care.
In his welcome speech, President Sunil Bhakta highlighted several notable projects undertaken by the Silicon Valley Indian Lions Foundation. These initiatives include financing and partnering with a school for special children in Southern India, supporting the treatment of 30 children with cancer, sponsoring a blind school where 20 women are acquiring skills for livelihood and independence, and providing assistance to the Salinas School District Family Resource Center, which supports a significant number of unhoused students.
The event saw active participation from volunteers of all ages, including children. Student volunteers were acknowledged for their efforts and received certificates recognizing their volunteer contributions. Many expressed their enjoyment of the collaborative teamwork and eagerness to participate in future meal-packing events to continue contributing to this noble cause.
The Silicon Valley Indian Lions Foundation’s dedication to serving the community and addressing global hunger challenges shines as a beacon of hope, inspiring others to join in the fight against hunger.