Thursday, March 8, 2012


Yesterday I spent two hours working a shift at Feed My Starving Children, down in Eagan.  The eighth grade students at Charlie's school are there once a month, putting together bags of food for starving children all over the world.  For the students, it is a privilege to be chosen to attend, and I was so glad to hear it was Charlie's turn to go.  They always need parent volunteers, and it worked in my schedule this month.

What an amazing organization.  Here is a little history, taken from their website:

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) was founded as a Christian nonprofit in 1987 through the efforts of a Minnesota businessman who felt called by God to help feed the starving children of the world during a humanitarian visit to Honduras. He returned to the Twin Cities (Minnesota) to develop a method of large-scale relief.
In 1989, FMSC connected with food scientists from Cargill and General Mills to develop a nutritional product especially for FMSC to feed starving children. This food product included rice, soy, vegetables, a vegetarian-based chicken flavoring, and a vitamin and mineral mix. Food scientists continue to update the formula.
I was a bagger/weigher at one of the stations, working with three young ladies from Charlie's access class.  They were delightful, and hard workers, and made sure to include me in their conversations and asked questions about myself.  I don't spend any time with 14 year old girls, it was so refreshing to listen to them and see what mature young women they were.
The team of 53 people packed up enough product to provide over 14,000 meals, in just two hours.
They are always looking for groups or families to work a shift, it's a wonderful way to give two hours to help someone else.  And it is also a gentle reminder of how very fortunate we are, here in Minnesota, with our abundant resources and ability to help those who desperately need it.  Here is a link to more info:
Our dinner tonight will seem beyond bountiful, no matter if it is just leftovers.


  1. I had the privilege of volunteering with Feed My Starving Children once and I was very impressed with how organized they are.

    It made me feel that we could be doing even More.

  2. We were also privileged to work with them at Oak Hills last year or the year before. It was a great experience for our family and it was fun. We are very blessed :)


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