‘Feed My Starving Children’ effort packs 200,000 meals
More than 200,000 meals were packed in Cape Coral during the recent two-day Feed My Starving Children MobilePack.
“We had approximately 950 volunteers over our two days,” Pamela Fairfax said. “Volunteers ranged from 5 years old to our super seniors. I spoke with one volunteer who was approaching 100.”
This year’s goal was to pack 194,000 meals, which they surpassed with 204,336 meals, which will feed 560 children.
The food that is packed consists of ManaPack Rice, which is a mixture of rice, soy (protein source), dehydrated vegetables and a mixture of vitamins and minerals.
The set up and tear down crews were very efficient for the two event, with set up beginning at 9 a.m. Monday and clean up ending at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
She said by 11:15 a.m. they were fully ready to start packing Monday.
“Our first packing shift was noon to 2. It was fully staffed with volunteers who brought excitement and energy to the pack. Our last packing shift was Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. By 9:30 p.m. the hall was clear and ready for normal operations the next morning,” Fairfax said.
Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987 as a Christian nonprofit organization “committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit.”
The food that is packed is sent to partners around the world in 70 different countries and used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty.
Fairfax said they will not know where the food will go for another two to four weeks, but last year the food was sent to Haiti and Sierra Leone.
“Ending hunger is the reason for this event,” Fairfax said. “Over 6,200 kids die each day, worldwide, from hunger. It is simply unacceptable to wring our hands and do nothing. Feed My Starving Children and the three partner churches take Jesus’ call to ‘serve the least of those’ to heart and this is one way to actively be part of the solution. It is also important to show our community that we can come together to work toward a common goal. How cool is it that members from at least six churches, a variety of health care agencies, public and faith-based schools, private and public businesses, individuals and social groups, families, and people of all ages and diversity can spend two days working shoulder to shoulder for a common goal and raise at least $43,000 to achieve that goal?”
In addition to packing food, Fairfax said they also collected food for the Cape Coral Caring Center. Seven hundred pounds of food had already been taken to the center with another 900 pounds being dropped off.
She said she would like to thank everyone who donated time, money and food in the effort to end hunger both globally and locally.
For those interested in learning more about the cause, visit www.FMSC.org.