Dr. Ray Buchanan: Methodist minister, former Marine and Vietnam veteran, Ray has founded or co-founded three nonprofit organizations over the past 35 years. Driven by his mission to eradicate world hunger, these now national and global agencies have made a huge difference in the lives of people suffering from chronic hunger. The Society of St. Andrew, which he co-founded in 1979 and co-directed for 19 years, distributes 25 million to 30 million pounds of food a year in the U.S. In 1998 Ray founded Stop Hunger Now in order to engage people in fighting hunger globally. Stop Hunger Now has packaged and distributed more than 275 million meals to school feeding programs, health centers, and to support crisis relief efforts around the globe. Ray has received numerous honors for his work including an honorary doctorate from NC State University. More information can be found at: http://www.stophungernow.org/about/our-founder/
D. Allen Renquist II: Allen Renquist is building on an 11 year career with the the US Peace Corps, and Stop Hunger Now (SHN). After returning from the Peace Corps, Allen attended graduate school at NC State University where he studied nonprofit leadership, international development, and global affairs. He joined SHN in 2007 as the organization’s 5th employee. Over the next 9 years Allen helped build Stop Hunger Now from a small, single office NGO into a global organization with 20 US offices, 6 overseas operations, and over 150 staff worldwide. Allen designed Stop Hunger Now’s International Affiliate model, and led the establishment of SHN operations directly in countries it serves, using local volunteers to package and distribute meals with ingredients purchased from local farmers. To this day, SHN is the only meal packaging organization in the world employing this model. More information can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/allen-renquist-5271bab5
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