Last Saturday a group of 15 Full-time UST MBA students, and some of their partners, had the opportunity to help improve the life of starving children around the world by working as volunteers at Feed My Starving Children.
Among its other outreach, FMSC is helping relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake there:
- When the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 3 million FMSC meals were already on the ground with our Haiti-based mission partners.
- Since the earthquake hit, 6 million meals have been shipped to Haiti from FMSC warehouses.
- Thousands of meals have been airlifted into Haiti and are being distributed.
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization founded in 1987 to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world by hand-packing specially formulated meals and shipping them to more than 60 countries around world. As part of its organizational commitment all the food is packed by volunteers.
Each packing site has several workstations where volunteers pack the food. Other volunteers put identification and nutrition facts stickers on each package, move the boxes to the warehouse and refill the ingredients that are being used by the other volunteers.
Each FMSC meal provides the key nutrients a starving child needs to survive and thrive:
- Rice - the most widely accepted grain around the world
- Extruded soy nuggets - maximum protein at a low cost
- 20 vitamins and minerals (with vegetarian chicken flavor)
- Dehydrated vegetables - nutrition and flavor
- Preparation: Just cook with boiling water.
- Cost: Each meal costs only 17 cents to produce.
My husband and I had a great time adding the ingredients and weighing the packages. The atmosphere in the room was filled with joy and enthusiasm. Everybody was doing their best to package as much food as possible. At the end of two hours, we had 51 boxes filled with a total of 1836 packages--that will feed 30 children for an entire year.
If you are looking for an organization to support with volunteer work and/or money in order to help others that need it the most, I invite you to consider Feed My Starving Children and learn more about how you can help achieve its goal.