On a sunny afternoon on Friday, June 1 Global Citizenship students sacrificed their time to participate in a food packing event at Feed My Starving Children in Eagan. Usually participants pack an average of one box per person, but with the tunes cranked and the help of other volunteers, they nearly doubled the amount of food packed to total 104 boxes of food, which is 22,464 meals—enough to feed 60 children for an entire year!
The students also learned more about the mission of Feed My Starving Children and the difference between hunger and malnourishment. Students’ reactions to their two hours of service were very positive: “It was fun and upbeat. Everyone looked like they were having a great time.” Betsy, a precocious 11 year old chose to have her birthday party at FMSC and was excited to receive a free t-shirt for bringing a group of her friends. “This is such a cool way to have a birthday party,” said Betsy, “we almost have too many things here, and it’s great to have some fun with friends for a couple of hours to help kids around the world.”
FMSC is a great organization to help out, for they not only produce and pack nutrient rich foods scientifically developed by Cargill to foster both physical and cognitive development, but they also ensure that 93 percent of donations go directly into the food program—a unique characteristic among non-profit organizations. FMSC’s administrative and fundraising costs are a modest 7 percent.
For more information about Feed My Starving Children and how you can get involved, visit http://www.fmsc.org/