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Feed My Starving Children seeking donations

By: Alex Zener

April 5, 2008   

Who would think one small bag of something that looks like Cream of Wheat and costs only 15 cents could help save a child’s life?

Several Kyrene Corridor kids and their parents will be donating their time next week in an attempt to mix the right proportion of ingredients that will be used to feed thousands of meals to starving children throughout the world.

These volunteers will be filling bags with a mixture of dry food that, when mixed with water, will help save the lives of starving children.

Members of the Corona del Sol Key Club and the East Valley Boys Service Club will be donating their time in 4-hour shifts to wear plastic caps and gloves on their hands to scoop up the right combination of dried food combined in bags that will be shipped to areas of need.

Feed My Starving Children is an organization dedicated to feeding starving children worldwide by having volunteers pack nutritious meals made up of rice, soy, vitamins and dehydrated vegetables in bags to be distributed through relief organizations to starving children.

Once the bags of food reach the children, water is added to make a nutritious meal. A single meal costs only 15 cents; $55 will feed one child for an entire year.

Last year alone, the group shipped

FMSC depends on donations to purchase the supplies and volunteers to pack the bags at mobile packing events throughout the country. One of these is scheduled April 8-12 at Esperanza Lutheran Church, 2601 E. Thunderhill Place, Phoenix.

Although FMSC already has 1,200 volunteers signed up for the event and hopes to pack close to 250,000 meals, $37,000 is needed to cover the cost of the meals. Ninety-five percent of the all donations go directly to the food program.

Checks—any amount, no matter how small—should be made out to FMSC with “Esperanza Event” written on the memo line and dropped off at the church any time before April 15 or mailed to the Arizona Program Director, Janine Skinner. Information is available by sending email to .

The Esperanza event is the second FMSC activity of its kind held in Arizona, with another scheduled for late August.

For more information about FMSC, visit the group’s website at .

For photos of recipients receiving food bags, visit the media section of the website at .


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