McDowell Technical Community College

The 5th Annual Yancey-Mitchell Rise Against Hunger Event

September 23rd 2017, 9 AM to 1 PM

at Higgins Memorial UMC, Burnsville


Four and a half pounds of food are produced each day for every man, woman, and child on the planet, yet one person dies every five seconds from hunger. The U.N. and the World Health Organization estimate that 30 billion dollars could end world hunger annually. Each year, we as Americans spend 13 billion dollars on bottled water, 15 billion dollars on food and party supplies for the Super Bowl, and a whopping 650 billion dollars on Christmas, Jesus our Savior’s Birthday. Given He commanded us to feed the hungry; He probably would have a few choice words on how we celebrate His party! Saturday, September 23, we can do something to answer His call at our annual Community Event.

Your co-sponsors of the event, Higgins UMC and the Spruce Pine Rotary Club, encourage everyone in our two counties to attend. The event is great for ages 3 to 100, with many different jobs – both sitting and standing. It is always spirit lead, fun, and full of fellowship.

Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) has packed and delivered over 340,493,458 meals, and contributed millions of dollars of medical and humanitarian supplies to 74 countries across the globe. The World Health Organization has set a goal to end world hunger by 2030, so let’s do our part.

Please plan on joining us from 9AM to 1PM on Saturday, September 23, at the Higgins UMC Family Life Center in Burnsville. Our goal this year is 75,000 meals – and yes, we will pack them in 4 hours!  Contributions drive how many meals we pack, so if you can’t attend or would like to make a contribution, please drop off a check made out to Rise Against Hunger to the Higgins church office or mail it to Higgins UMC, PO Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714. Contributions must be in no later than 10 AM Thursday, September 21, in order to get an accurate count of the meals we will pack. Life giving meals are just 29 cents each or $29 for a hundred. Consider picking up a sponsorship card and filling it out with pledges from friends and family, towards meals to be packed that Saturday. Ten people sponsoring you at just $5 each is 172 meals!

If you would like to get your church, club, business, or family involved and need further information please call Peirce Bingham at 828-208-0299. If you would like someone to talk to your organization, don’t hesitate to call.

Please, if you know you are coming, pre-register at This will greatly stream-line registration the morning of. This link can also be used to donate online specifically to the meal packing for our event. Thank you in advance for your support!