The Greater Grand Forks Community volunteers lead by Twin Cities-based Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) staff will package more than 410,000 lifesaving meals. The event will take place over three days with the first shift beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 5 and the last one to be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 7, at the Grand Forks Public Works Building, 724 N. 47th St.
“This year marks a three year goal to pack 1 million meals at the Grand Forks site,” said Jodie Storhaug, chair of the GGF FMSC MobilePack committee. “This is a great opportunity for our community to ‘pay it forward’ by coming together to fill food bags for starving children. The response by Grand Forks and the surrounding communities has been tremendous. We have raised over $70,000 but we still have some work to do to meet the $90,200 to pay for the food we will package which costs .22 per meal.
Packing sessionsPacking sessions, each beginning with a 15-minute overview of FMSC’s work around the world, will take place at the following times:
Friday, April 5: 10:00-noon; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; 3:00-5:00 p.m.; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 6: 9-11 a.m.; 11:30-1:30 p.m.; 2:30-4:30 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.
Sunday, April 7: 9:00-11:00 a.m.; 11:30-1:30 p.m.; 2-4 p.m.; 4:30-6:30 p.m.
There are only a few volunteer slots open. If you go online and find them full, keep checking, as slots tend to open up, especially during the last week. Go to www.fmsc.org, then to MobilePack Events, and North Dakota (GF event number is 1304-13). Click the “Get Involved” button and then select “volunteer to pack.”
In addition, community members can support this event through prayer and making a donation to cover food costs. To donate, go to www.fmsc.org, then to MobilePack Events and North Dakota (GF event number is 1304-13).
Volunteers are also asked to bring non-perishable food items to the MobilePack Event for distribution to local food shelves in Greater Grand Forks.
About the food
With the input of scientists from major food companies in the Twin Cities area, including Cargill and General Mills, FMSC developed MannaPack Rice, a nutritional formula of vitamins and minerals, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein and rice. It’s easy and safe to transport, simple to make with boiling water, culturally acceptable worldwide, and designed to save the lives of severely malnourished and starving children. Each pack serves 6 meals.
Last year, the GGF FMSC group raised more than $87,000 and packaged 303,264 meals, enough to feed 830 starvation-impacted children for a year. Most of the meals were shipped to Mission of Hope in Haiti. 31,000 were sent to Food for the Poor in Nicaragua.
About Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand pack meals designed specifically for starving children, and FMSC ships the meals to mission partners in nearly 70 countries around the world. Each meal costs only .22 cents to produce. Nearly 6,200 children die each day from starvation or starvation-related causes.
For more information, visit www.fmsc.org or contact: Holly Donato, National Marketing Director
Direct phone: 763.267.6319, Cell phone: 612.805.0631