Numana, in partnership with Wichita Downtown Rotary and Volunteer Kansas, set a Guinness World Record on Feb. 16 at a packaging event at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilion in Park City.
The goal of the event was to package 350,000 meals to send to schools in Borde and Lambert, Haiti to feed the 800 children for over a year. A secondary goal was also set, to beat the Guinness World Record for the most hunger relief meals packaged in one hour.
The event, which attracted more than 1,700 volunteers, exceeded all expectations. Within 32 minutes, 479,034 meals were packaged at the 115 packaging stations.
Guinness Adjudicator Mike Empric confirmed the packaging numbers and announced a successful world record. The previous record was set by the University of Guelph in Canada in 2012.
In addition to packaging meals for Haiti, all volunteers were asked to bring canned goods to be donated to the Kansas Food Bank. Approximately 1,305 pounds of food was collected.
Numana, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) international hunger relief organization whose mission is to empower people to save the starving. Since 2009, Numana has mobilized more than 159,000 volunteers coast-to-coast and packaged and sent more than 27 million meals to disaster victims in Haiti and other areas of need.
A Numana event is a festive hands-on opportunity to roll up your sleeves and feed the hungry. Children and adults of all ages enjoy assembling the soy, beans, rice and vitamins into bags and preparing them for shipping.
Participants are deeply changed by spending just a few hours to save starving people. For more information about Numana, visit www.numanainc.com or www.facebook.com/numanainc.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.
For more information about Rotary, visit www.rotary.org.
Volunteer Kansas’ mission is to connect potential volunteers with organizations that need help. Based in Wichita, Volunteer Kansas has an extensive and diverse network of individual, corporate and nonprofit contacts, making it uniquely suited to take on the vision of Kansas as the top volunteer state in the nation.
Kansas is currently ranked seventh for volunteerism in the United States. Their partnership with Numana, Inc in this event is one example of how Volunteer Kansas is working towards Kansas achieving the top position for volunteerism.
To learn more, visit www.volunteerkansas.org or contact Nola Brown at 316-260-3353.