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United Methodist Wants 750 Volunteers for Food Packing Event

United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay is working with an international hunger relief organization to pack 150,000 meals for starving children throughout the world.

The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, in conjunction with the Feed My Starving Children hunger relief organization, is sponsoring a food packing event to combat world hunger. 

The event will take place on April 4-6 at Portal Industries, 1015 Cedar Creek Road in Grafton, Wisconsin. The food will be packed in eight two-hour shifts over the course of the three days. The goal is to recruit 750 volunteers and to pack 150,000 meals. All are welcome to participate, regardless of church affiliation.  Pre-registration is required and a $10 donation is requested.  Additional donations are also welcome. 

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization whose mission is to feed starving children throughout the world. For 25 years, FMSC has been providing meals to nearly 70 countries where children suffer from hunger. FMSC works through partnerships with non-profit global distributors to send the meals to refugee centers, schools, clinics and orphanages.  

The ingredients of the meals were developed by food scientists especially for malnourished children and consist of a combination of rice, soy, vegetables, chicken flavoring and a mix of 20 vitamins and minerals. The meals are culturally accepted world-wide and are simple to prepare. 

All of the meals are packed by volunteers at packing events like the one in Grafton. Last year FMSC volunteers across the country packed over 34 million meals.  Volunteers are also required to raise the funds necessary to purchase the ingredients for the meals.  At $.22 a meal, 150,000 meals cost $33,000. Ninety-two percent of all donations to FMSC go directly to its mission. 

“Hunger, malnutrition and starvation have reached epidemic proportions in much of the world, particularly in countries ravaged by poverty, war and natural disaster," said Dr. Susan Patterson- Sumwalt, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay.  "The effect of hunger is most devastating on the children, who are the weakest and most vulnerable victims of the crises in their countries.

"This is borne out by the statistics. One in seven children in the world suffers from hunger and half of all the deaths of children around the world – about 5 million each year - are linked to hunger and malnutrition.  Ten children die of starvation every 15 minutes. 

"Our church wanted to do something to help these children and we wanted to offer the opportunity to the community as well.” 

Registration for one of the eight packing sessions on April 4-6 and donations to the event can be made online at the Missions-FMSC page at the church website - www.umcwfb.org - or by contacting the church office at (414) 964-2424.  You can also register and donate through the church’s  MobilePack event site on the Feed My Starving Children website at www.fmsc.org.

Naive One February 09, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Hey Jeff, did I read your article correctly? A $10.00 donation is requested from people who volunteer?
Jennifer Dawson February 09, 2013 at 04:13 PM
That's what I read and what he said. He also said 92% of the donations go directly to the cause. I am guessing that's how they pay for the food that's packed. It's certainly not an onerous request.
Susan Patterson-Sumwalt February 09, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Yes, that is correct. Each meal costs 22 cents. It is not required to give a $10 donation. We have found that people feel so good about this effort that they have wanted to contribute in as many ways as possible. We welcome and are delighted to have volunteers, financial contributions and prayer as we seek to make a difference in children's lives. Susan Patterson-Sumwalt, Senior Pastor

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