Melvin and Anne Horne attempted for years to feed the hungry folk of their area, not just during Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons but throughout the year. The effort eventually became too much and they were about to give up when, in December 2003, they met Ben & Theresa King, missionaries to Africa. The Kings introduced them to Kids Against Hunger and its remarkable food package. Melvin and Anne were in the throes of deciding what to do with their too-large warehouse building. As soon as Ben and Theresa began to talk, they knew exactly what to do with the rest of the building.
In January 2004, they met with Richard Proudift, founder of Kids Against Hunger. A scant three months later, March 13, 2004, they kicked off Kids Against Hunger, Cairo. Since then, Kids Against Hunger, Cairo has packaged 2 million meals. These meals have been shipped to tsunami victims, Katrina victims and the hungry children and adults of Liberia, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Mexico and the Philippines.
The Hornes have continued their early concern for the hungry people of Georgia by providing food packages for the local help agency in Grady and sending 20+ boxes per month to neighboring Thomas County Food Bank.