Sunday, November 15, 2009
A feel-good chore
Cupcake and I, and her elementary school student council buddies, spend most of Friday afternoon packaging meals for Feed My Starving Children. It's a Christian organization but they explicitly state they are only about feeding the hungry - not mission work. Although feeding hungry kids is modeling your values and spirituality.
These images are from the website.
Cupcake and I decided we'd do this every year. FMSC is frequently brought to town through 5th Bridge, a local organization that's all about volunteering.
It's an amazing experience. Together with your team, you are placed at a well organized packing station. There you pack meals made with soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, a vegetarian chicken-flavor broth powder, and rice. Through a highly organized and streamlined system, you stand for a few hours and pack literally thousands of these meal pouches. FMSC brings in all the equipment and food. The host organization must provide 500+ volunteers and pay for all the food.
The best part is kids can be a huge help - they just loved dumping the ingredients down the funnel, weighing the packages, and sealing them up. We were all cheering every time we filled a box - as were all the other groups there: local college students, church groups, folks from local businesses, you name it.
A great afternoon, and time well spent.
Posted by Mnmom