11,664 meals in an hour: Feed My Starving Children
posted at 9:52 pm on June 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
I just returned from an hour of volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, one of the best charities around. Our group of about 50 people packed 54 cases of Manna Packs that consist of vitamins, a soy mixture for protein, dried vegetables, and rice. That’s enough to make 11,664 meals — or in another measure, enough to feed 32 children for an entire year. Our shipment will shortly go to FMSC’s partner in Haiti, but they send their Manna Packs all around the world.
We go a few times a year with our eldest granddaughter, the Little Admiral, who loves volunteering. It’s about a 90-minute commitment, with an hour of packing sandwiched by orientation and presentation sessions. We had planned tonight’s session for a couple of weeks. Coincidentally, our local ABC affiliate put out the call earlier today for more volunteers over the summer:
Feed My Starving Children is looking for summer volunteers to meet the group’s promised meal shipments to 70 countries worldwide.
The organization’s packing sites in Chanhassen, Eagan and Coon Rapids are open to volunteers six days a week, five shifts each day, according to the group.
Volunteers who are five years of age and older work on assembly lines to fill bags with dry meals called “MannaPacks,” designed for malnourished children.
Volunteers can register 48 hours in advance for a two-hour packing shift.
You can register here to volunteer.
Feed My Starving Children donates the food to missions and humanitarian organizations in developing communities. Those organizations plan on having a steady food supply to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs serving the desperately poor.
FMSC also has locations in Illinois (Aurora, Libertyville, and Schaumberg), and in Tucson, Arizona. If you live near any of these locations and want an evening of hard work and good community fun, go to the website and volunteer. If you’re not near any of these locations, consider offering a cash donation that will help defray the cost of the food. There aren’t many places where one can see 11,664 meals prepared in an hour.