This weekend I participated in the Feed My Starving Children campaign. Feed My Starving Children is an organization that packs and sends MannaPack Rice packages to countries around the world. One package contains A mix of Chicken flavored vitamin/protein powder, dehydrated veggies, dried soy nuggets (kind of looks like granola), and rice.
Each packet can feed six people, that’s six meals in a bag and one meal only costs twenty two cents! 36 packets are packed in a box, for a total of 216 meals per box. I worked two shifts of packing, and in the course of two shifts I helped pack 50 boxes, for a total of 10,800 meals. These meals go to schools, and feed families who are desperately in need of a meal. FMSC distributes these meals to over 70 countries around the world; in the Middle East, Carribbean, Africa, Southeast Asia, and yes, even the United States.
We were told a story about Haitian Biscuits. A Haitian Biscuit is a mixture of beans and some kind of grain…but mostly dirt. These ingredients are mixed together with water and left out in the sun to dry. When babies get hungry, they cry…if a mother has no means to feed her child, she’ll feed them a bite of this Haitian Biscuit to trick the baby’s belly into feeling full, because of these meals, the children are eating real food. Meals specifically formulated for their bodies to sustain them, and give them the nutrients that they need.
The goal that our church set for packing was 100,000 bags, (which feeds 600,000!). We beat our goal by 9,000. In eight hours we were able to pack 109,000 MannaPack Rice Meals. We did enough meals that 298 kids will be able to eat for the WHOLE YEAR! It seems like such a small number, but we made a dent in world hunger in just eight hours……imagine what you could do in a weekend, or a whole week?! For twenty two cents a meal, eight hours, and 109,000 MannaPack Rice Meals, we are slowly turning hunger into hope, and making a dent in world hunger!