In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan â€” a United Methodist minister â€” founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required â€œcommitment to something larger than yourself.â€ Over the past three decades, that principle has driven Rayâ€™s mission to eradicate world hunger.
As a divinity graduate student at Duke University, Ray began working with the poor and hungry. He continued that work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his masterâ€™s degree in divinity, and as a pastor at five rural United Methodist churches in Virginia. As a pastor, Ray joined the effort to save the lives of starving Ethiopians during the 1973-75 famine in Ethiopia.
Driving Rayâ€™s hunger work is the recognition that â€œending hunger is more than just feeding people.â€ So Rise Against Hunger â€œfocuses its feeding programs in areas where we can see transformational development,â€ he says.
Ray embodies the ideal of a servant leader. And he understands that volunteers and organizations working together can build a global movement that will stimulate the political will to marshal the resources that are essential â€” and available â€” to eradicate hunger.
Rise Against Hunger has realized positive, annual growth mainly through expansion of the meal packaging program into new communities. Rise Against Hunger continues to further Rayâ€™s legacy of commitment both to domestic and international crisis response including relief from famine, natural and manmade disasters and health epidemics.READ LESS