WILMINGTON, N.C. – UNC Wilmington’s 19 intercollegiate teams joined members of the Wilmington community Saturday to package 100,000 meals at Trask Coliseum to benefit international relief organization “Stop Hunger Now.”

More than 500 volunteers assembled from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to package meals to be distributed to children in Nicaragua. The event was part of University Million Meal Week, which featured events at UNCW, UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State and East Carolina.

The meals were packaged in a streamline assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, flavoring and mixture of 21 vitamins and minerals into reasonable servings of six.

Seahawk teams that participated included men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s soccer and women’s soccer.

UNCW Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, baseball coach Mark Scalf and swimming and diving coach Dave Allen addressed the volunteers during the shift changes.

“Stop Hunger Now” was founded in 1998 by UNCW alumnus Ray Buchanan and has provided over $56 million dollars worth of direct aid and 15 million meals to more than 70 countries worldwide.