Have you heard of the 30 Abes Campaign making waves around Nashville in recent weeks?
If you are not familiar with it, 30 Abes is a campaign that has been ongoing since August here in Nashville and worldwide to promote a food packing event benefiting an orphanage in Haiti. The food packing event is happening THIS SATURDAY here in Nashville (more on that below) at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The goal of this food packing event? To break a world record, of course. Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on site to watch hundreds of volunteers gather and pack 500,000 meals in one hour.
What’s in a name?
30 Abes represents 30 cents, which is the cost of one life sustaining meal. For 30 cents, Numana (a international hunger relief organization and public charity) can provide a meal of rice soy, dried pinto beans and a vitamin/mineral substance. Also included in the 30 cents is the packaging and international shipping of the food.
For the past several weeks, 30 Abes supporters – including Nashville-based and nationally-syndicated radio show The Bobby Bones Show – have been campaigning to raise money for the record-shattering food packing event happening this Saturday. Through t-shirt sales, a 24-hour dance marathon and financial donations, over $150,000 has been raised so far!
Where are the meals going once they are packaged in Nashville on Saturday?
TEEMHaiti Foundation, a non-profit founded earlier this year with the mission to Teach, Empower, Equip and Mentor Haitians, partners with Maison Des Enfants De Dieu Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It is there that the meals will go. Current orphanage costs are just over $32,500 per month on average, and approximately $5,472 a month is spent on food. With the help of Numana and the 30 Abes Campaign, the meals donated will held reduce the monthly costs of food the orphanage spends.
Want to get involved?
There are several ways you can lend a hand and show support for this event and for Haiti:
Food Packing Event – this Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Come together with thousands of other 30 Abes supporters this Saturday at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. The goal for the event is to package 500,000 meals to send to the Maison Des Enfants De Dieu orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As extra motivation to meet this goal, the volunteers will also participate in a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official attempt for the title of “most hunger relief meals packaged in one hour” by a team. The current record of 479,034 was achieved by Numana, Volunteer Kansas and the Rotary Club of Wichita on February 16, 2013.
The event will also benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville as packaging volunteers will be encouraged to bring canned and boxed-food donations.
Visit the 30 Abes website here to read more about this campaign, the hearts that started it, and see photos of the faces who will benefit from it.