World hunger can sound so depressing and so large and untouchable that many people, including those in the faith community, can throw up their hands in despair when the topic arises.

But you can do something to stop some of it. 

You can become one of perhaps 1,000 people to volunteer at The Ridge’s Feed My Starving Children meal-packing effort March 4 and 5 at the church, 2800 Bonnell Road in Columbus.

The event becomes the second such local outreach in the past six months. Asbury United Methodist joined with Sandy Hook United Methodist in September to pack about 200,000 meals for needy children in countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua, Zimbabwe and Ghana.

The meals are dehydrated and vitamin-enhanced — and prepared later with boiling water.

For those who cannot donate their time, know that your monetary donations can help, too, since the meals cost 22 cents each.

Donations can be made online at theridge.org. Click on the topical arrows at the top of the web page until you get to “Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack Event.” Then click on “donate here” to the right of the screen.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.