Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is an awesome way to give back, but instead of giving back to the community, you are helping people throughout the world. It began in 1987 and is now providing meals to hungry people in 70 countries.
In 2014, I visited Feed My Starving Children for the first time. It was a wonderful experience. And one we have done again and again with my kids. In 2015, FFTC and some of our readers even volunteered together. Learn more about our experience and how to plan your own below:
The Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Experience
Practically everyone I know has volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. I knew it was a good experience, even a life changing one, but what I didn’t understand was how much we were needed.
Feed My Starving Children depends on volunteers. Without the volunteers, the food would never be packaged to ship to the countries in need. And because you never know what you will get with volunteers, FMSC has created a well-oiled machine with it’s process.
Our shift was 2 hours long. At 9:30, we watched a video and learned about what we would be doing and why it was needed. Then, we were separated into different duties. Some packed food, some labeled packages and some hauled supplies from the warehouse to the packaging centers. Even at the food packing stations there was order. 2 scooped ingredients, 2 opened bags and weighed, one sealed the bag, and one packed the bags in the box.
Each packed box was celebrated at its station with a cheer. There were a lot of cheers!
After an hour of packing, our crew packed 77 boxes. It was incredible. When packing was finished, they divided up the cleaning tasks and everything was shipshape in 10 minutes. Okay, maybe 15. On our way out, we were able to try a sample of the food that we packed. For a staple food, it was delicious with rice, veggies, vitamins and protein–the children are able to get the nutrients they need to grow.
FMSC is a Christian organization and it doesn’t apologize for that. It welcomes everyone and anyone who wants to pack food. When the packing is done and the total number of meals packed is given, those who want to are welcome to go back into the storeroom to pray a Christian blessing over the food. But there is no pressure and when we were there, half the group took off or shopped in their Marketplace and the rest of us headed into the warehouse.
It was incredibly special to pack together with Kyla. It was so significant that the food we were scooping and measuring, weighing and sealing was going directly into the mouth of another child. We were honestly and tangibly feeding the poor.
It was a wonderful lesson for me. Everything we did was simple but needed to be done right. I had just as much opportunity to mess up as my 9 year old. And I did. This service project put us on the same level. There was nothing that I could do better than Kyla–and that was a wonderful feeling. We were both needed for the same thing.
I appreciate FMSC for the hands-on way we give back to the world. I know I’ve said it before, but we were actually feeding the hungry. We also were able to learn about nutrition needs and about other cultures.
FMSC relies on donations to purchase the ingredients and supplies and shipping fees. It relies on people to volunteer and pack. It also relies on God to take care of their needs to be able to help the needs in the world.
If you don’t think you can get to one of the three locations–Chanhassen, Eagan, and Coon Rapids–to volunteer, you can also consider purchase items from their Marketplace which helps support this organization.
Volunteering for Feed My Starving Children With Kids
Volunteers sign up to pack the 22 cent, dried, vitamin-fortified meals for 2 hour shifts. Children as young as 5 years old can join their parents. They have different ratios per the age of the children.
- Grades K-2 is a one to one ratio.
- Children in grades 3-6 require a 3 to 1 ratio.
- Junior high kids are required to have 4 to 1.
- Grades 10-12 have a ration of 5 to 1.
While there is a maximum number of volunteers per session, you don’t have to be a part of a group to register to participate. On average a volunteer will pack one entire box per shift which equals 216 meals worth $50. Feed My Starving Children chooses to use volunteers instead of machines because their mission is dedicated not only to feeding starving kids, but feeding starving spirits.
If you want to make a tangible difference in this world. If you want to have one of best date nights with your children you could possibly have, contact Feed My Starving Children. I promise you won’t regret it.
Let Malachi give you a tour of this awesome family experience.
images courtesy of Feed My Starving Children, used with permission