Volunteers in Mesa next month will come together to help starving children thousands of miles away.
For the fifth time since 2009, Love of Christ Lutheran Church will host a Feed My Starving Children “mobile pack,” where volunteers hope to put together 150,000 meals. Seven hundred volunteers are needed for the two-day event. More than 400 have already registered.
All combined during the last four events, the church group has packed nearly 700,000 meals.
“I believe that a powerful aspect of the packing event that appeals to our community is the transforming impact it has on people, not only those who receive the meals, but those who pack,” said Walter Scott, small group coordinator for Love of Christ. “I know of no other opportunities where an individual, family or a employee group can come together for two hours, receive an education on world hunger and it’s solution, and literally feed thousands of God’s most needy. It’s powerful.”
Love of Christ’s history with Feed My Starving Children runs deep.
“They were one of the first,” in the state to host a Feed My Starving Children event, said Janine Skinner, the development advisor for Feed My Starving Children’s Tempe warehouse packing site.
The organization didn’t even have a permanent presence in Arizona when churchgoers approached the Minnesota-based nonprofit about hosting an event in Mesa.
Feed My Starving Children opened its sixth permanent location in the country with its Tempe site in 2011. At its sites, and through mobile events like the one planned Nov. 8-10 at Love of Christ, volunteers put together carefully planned packages of rice, soy, vegetables and a vegetarian-based chicken flavoring that together go into bag to be sealed. Those bags are then shipped around the world to partner organizations where they’re mixed with hot water and served to those in need.
Volunteers are responsible for the measuring and packing of every meal that goes out. They’re also responsible for each meal — which costs about 22 cents.
Months of preparation go into a mobile event — not only do volunteers need to be found but funds need to be raised.
This year, Skinner said, more than a dozen mobile events have taken place in the Valley.
“Most of the hosts that have one event come and do it again,” she said.
The Tempe site is on track to pace 10 million meals this fiscal year, which began in March. More than 1 million will be packed at mobile events.
A nyone from the community is welcome to volunteer at the Tempe site or Love of Christ’s weekend packing.
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