Move to fight world hunger

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PETALING JAYA: It was a food party but those who turned up were not eating.
Instead more than 4,000 volunteers packed 1,000,000 food packages to fight hunger on World Food Day yesterday.
They will be delivered to crisis areas and school feeding programmes around the world, including Somalia.
After putting on their hairnets, volunteers scooped, weighed, packed and sealed food packages at their work stations to the accompaniment of loud pop music. 
They did the task with a big smile, knowing that they were part of a worldwide movement to fight hunger.
Partnering with international relief organisation Stop Hunger Now, Taylor's Education Group (TEG) organised the event to help create awareness on hunger and malnutrition.
The event was held simultaneously at four locations complete with live video feed, namely the Taylor's University Lakeside Campus, Taylor's College Sri Hartamas, Taylor's College Subang Jaya and Sri Garden Schools.
TEG Group CEO Datuk Loy Teik Ngan said the overwhelming response and large turnout of volunteers had exceeded expectations.
“Our initial target was to get 1,000 volunteers. Instead, we received help from more than 4,000 people who had turned up on a Sunday to contribute their time and energy for the benefit of the needy,” he said.
Each finished package, which weighed about 370g, had six highly nutritious meals containing rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, flavouring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals.
World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945.
Volunteer and student Yim Hoe Yen, 18, said he was glad to have taken part in the event.
“Everyone deserves a chance to lead a better and healthier life,” he said.

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