MILTON — First United Methodist Church of Milton will host a food-packaging event in partnership with Stop Hunger Now on Jan. 28.

First UMC members collected their spare change to purchase meal ingredients that Stop Hunger Now will deliver to the church's fellowship hall.

Assembly of meals will begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help unload a truck of raw ingredients beginning at 7:30 a.m. Other volunteers will assemble those ingredients into more than 10,000 meals to feed people who are starving.

The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. Stop Hunger Now ships the assembled meals throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages and crisis relief.

The food is stored easily, transported quickly and has a two-year shelf life.

See www.stophungernow.org for more information about the cause.