Feed My Starving Children 2017
Praise God for What We've Accomplished Together
It is with profound joy and gratitude that we report a great success of our Feed My Starving Children meal-packing event. About 700 volunteers with one-third of them from our church packed 130,464 meals – enough to feed 357 children with at least a meal a day for an entire year. From five-year-old children who helped seal the bags to grandmas who stuck labels on the bags, everyone had a great time. We yelled out a cheer and laughed out loud. We were singing and dancing to the music as we packed. We were thrilled to pack the 1 millionth meal at the Portal facility during our event. That is a testament to the impact that we have made through this event over the last 9 years in partnership with St. John 23rd Catholic Parish in Port Washington. The videos and pictures of the event have been shown to more than 3,500 people and are still available on the church Facebook page (facebook.com/UMCWhitefishBay).
The number of the meals packed was far above our first goal. We were able to increase our goal and feed more children because of your generosity. This year the members and friends of our church donated over $21,200 (including Easter offering, as of May 23rd, 2017). On top of that, we received a share of Pumpkin Patch proceeds ($2,530), our United Methodist Women donation ($2,500), and donations collected during the event ($4,580).
The meals have been sent to community centers in Nicaragua and Africa through two FMSC partners, Convoy of Hope and Food for the Poor.
We are all together the church, the body of Christ, serving in the world as his hands and feet. Hunger is a world-wide crisis, but one that can be overcome. We are a community of faith who is making a difference and turning hunger into hope for starving children around the world!
Feeding God's Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit
We’re excited to be sponsoring a meal packing event on Thursday – Saturday, May 11 – 13. We expect to pack over 108,000 meals in these three days to be sent to starving children around the world. The meals will be packed in conjunction with the non-profit hunger relief organization, Feed My Starving Children. You’re invited to join us in this important mission!
Help Us Pack the 1 Millionth Meal
Since 2010, our church has alternated in sponsoring this event with St. John 23rd Catholic Parish in Port Washington. In past years, meals packed by us have gone to Nicaragua, Somalia and other countries where children are starving.
This event has been held at Portal, Inc facility in Grafton. Click HERE for direction. This year we will celebrate an important milestone – with your help, we will pack the MILLIONTH MEAL at this event.
To make our meal packing event a success, we need at least 600 volunteers and $24,000 to pay for ingredients. Come join us in turning HUNGER INTO HOPE.
Gifts to Starving Children in Honor of Mothers
Packing meals for starving children in this world is a wonderful way to honor mothers – our mothers and mothers whose hearts are broken for their starving children!
Here is the schedule of eight two-hour packing sessions that you can choose from:
Friday, May 12: 10 am – 12 pm, 1 ‐ 3 pm, 4 ‐ 6 pm and 7 – 9 pm
Saturday, May 13: 9 – 11 am, 11:45 ‐ 1:45 pm and 2:30 ‐ 4:30 pm
What Do Volunteers Do at A Meal Packing Event?
Volunteers can scoop ingredients, weigh and seal bags or pack them in boxes for transport. There are also jobs for those who prefer to sit. The work is easy, fun and rewarding. Even five years old children and grandmas with walkers can do it! You can come as a club, family, sports team, scouting group, even as a birthday party. We believe that this packing event is a great way to be involved in a mission that literally saves the lives of thousands of children. During a two-hour-long packing session you will work together with 6-8 people as a team and may pack as many as 3,000 meals.
You Can Help Pay For Ingredients NOW!
We are responsible for purchasing the ingredients that we pack. Each meal costs $0.22. You can make donations online here at our church website or write a check payable to our church “UMC WFB”. You can also add your donation at FMSC website when you register for volunteer. If you prefer writing a check directly to FMSC, you must put down our event number 1705-180AU in your check. Your donations truly goes straight to feeding kids.
When you make donations, note to indicate FMSC
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Join us in turning hunger into hope
What is Feed My Starving Children?
FMSC is a Christian non-profit hunger relief organization that sends prepackaged meals to refugee camps, orphanages and schools in 70 of the poorest countries around the world. The meals consist of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins and minerals specifically formulated for malnourished children. These meals are acceptable worldwide, simple to make, and easy for young children to eat. Last year, FMSC sent over 270 million meals overseas. Check out this introduction video and their website at www.fmsc.org
In a remote Ugandan village, their mother died in childbirth. Their alcoholic father was often gone for weeks.
At 11, Brian became the primary caretaker of his siblings: Joseph; 7, Joan; 5, and Emmanuel; 2. Desperate to provide for them, he begged for food in a nearby village.
When Brian’s pleading resulted in no food, none of them ate. They slept on the dirt floor with empty stomachs. Every day was a struggle to survive.
Little Emmanuel, called Emma, weighed barely nine pounds.
His tummy was so swollen from malnutrition that his tiny legs struggled to support him. He didn’t have strength to move.
One day a woman, Madrine, noticed the children. She asked an FMSC food partner, Rakai Orphans Development Initiative (RODI), for help.
“There is a family where a child is about to die,” she told RODI.
“When we found him, Emmanuel couldn’t walk and wouldn’t even talk,” said Richard Mutaawe, Co-Founder of RODI. “He literally didn’t have any energy. He was just bones.”
RODI immediately gave the kids MannaPack Rice. “We knew only FMSC food could save this family,” they said.
After one year of eating nutritious food every day, Emmanuel weighs 22 pounds. He smiles joyfully and is walking!
“Now we can all see hope,” says RODI, “FMSC food was truly manna from heaven. It totally changed their lives.”
Eleven-year-old Brian cooks the MannaPack for his young siblings over an open fire. He makes sure they wash their hands and leads a prayer before they eat. Through RODI’s support, the oldest children now attend school.
“Before this food, they couldn’t find a way out of their situation. Now they have hope for tomorrow,” said Johnson Lwondo, Co-Founder of RODI.
Watch their amazing story HERE!
Through your generosity we are able to save the lives of children just like Emma. We are honored to fight hunger with you.
written by Jess Eischens, found on https://www.fmsc.org/the-feed/success-stories/2015/september/he-was-just-bones
Marilyn was three years old when the earthquake struck Haiti. She was orphaned and brought to a missionary. She weighed just 14 pounds, was sick with TB and in the last stages of starvation, taking a breath only every 30 seconds. The missionary rushed Marilyn to the hospital where she was treated and fed MannaPack rice. Marilyn recovered and, in just seven months, gained 20 pounds. Now she lives in an orphanage where she is lovingly cared for and is the “spunkiest kid in the orphanage.” Those around her consider Marilyn a walking miracle.
Compassion for the poor and hungry is central to world religions and Christianity is no exception. In Matthew 25: we hear these words.
35 I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’ … 40 “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’
Said differently, Feeding the hungry is to feed Christ himself!
How many times have you said something like: “I’m famished”, “My stomach is growling”, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”, “I’m so hungry my stomach thinks my throat is cut.”
All of these statements fall into the Oxford English Dictionary definition of hunger – the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food. For most in our faith community, the feelings of hunger may only last a few hours at best because there is ready access to your choice of food. This can make it easy to forget that there are food deserts in the Greater Milwaukee community where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain, particularly for those without access to an automobile.
The dictionary also defines hunger as the scarcity of food in a country or what some might call food insecurity. In many areas of the world, not knowing when the next meal will come is commonplace.
One of the reasons I was attracted to this community of faith was the many opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ – specifically in the areas of food and nutrition. From meal programs at St. Ben’s, St. Vincent’s and Agape to the food pantry at the United Methodist Children’s Services and now, once again, the mobile pack events with Feed My Starving Children.
There are several interesting things about the Feed My Starving Children’s meals that we pack:
- the ingredients are universally acceptable rice – not granola bars
- the ingredients are culturally appropriate so that the meals are acceptable to vegetarians, Christians and Muslims
- the ingredients are more nutritious than ramen noodles (that’s not saying much), yet you still only need add water
Packing the meals is not only fun, but great exercise. Just like the kingdom of God, there’s a role for everyone from labeling bags to scooping ingredients to sealing bags, packing and sealing boxes. It’s a wonderful bonding and team-building opportunity. What an easy way to make a difference in a short period of time.
I know that you each want to be a part of this most worthwhile endeavor. Get out your phones and make a note to sign up to volunteer on the church’s website.
We’re looking forward to volunteering alongside of you.