According to the World Food Programme, hunger is the world’s number one health risk. It kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Malnutrition and hunger related diseases cause 60% of deaths of children under five in developing countries. Today’s organization is making a difference for children around the world.
In 1987, Richard Proudfit, a businessman from Minnesota, incorporated Feed My Starving Children to develop an original meal formula to feed starving children. He had seen the needs of children in Honduras during his mission trips and felt a calling from God to make a difference. Dr. Richard Fulmer, a food scientist at Cargill, teamed up with colleagues from Pillsbury and General Mills to develop a nutritious “Fortified Rice Soy Casserole” for malnourished children. The formula for this rice mix was finalized in 1993 and the next year volunteer production started. Their food is shipped via mission partners to the counties that need it. They have distributed food to nearly 70 counties and have had more than 99.96% of their meals arrive safely. In 2008 they worked with nutritionist Cade Fields-Gardner to develop the world’s first and only food to treat diarrhea.
I have personally volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and it is always a moving experience. They start your experience with a video about their program.
Then after a short lesson on packing the meals, you spend time packing their formula of chicken flavored powder, dried vegetables, dried soy protein, and rice into bags and then into boxes. Even kids can volunteer. My daughter loves to put the ingredients into the bags and weigh the bags. At the end of a volunteer session, you also get a sample of the meal (it tastes a bit like Rice-a-Roni). Their locations are filled with pictures of the children who have received their food. I have included a couple of these before and after images below.
Feed My Starving Children now has seven permanent locations in Chanhassen, Coon Rapids, and Eagan Minnesota; Aurora, Libertyville, and Schaumburg Illinois; and Tempe Arizona. They also have an option for MobilePack events where they bring their operation to you. You can find the already scheduled MobilePack events and learn how to host your own on their website.
How can you help?
- If you live near one of their permanent locations, you can volunteer individually or with a group on their website.
- You can also find already scheduled MobilePack events or learn more about hosting your own on their website.
- You can also make a monetary donation or purchase merchandise to support their mission.