Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Needs Volunteers
Please join The Phoenix Philanthropists for its volunteer effort to benefit Feed My Starving Children. 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.
In addition to creating this formula, FMSC sought to develop a cost-effective means of producing the meals in quantities that would make a real difference in alleviating world hunger. Initially, FMSC tested packaging machines, but this method proved to be expensive and cumbersome. In 1993, a church group stopped by the FMSC facility to pursue volunteer opportunities with FMSC. That providential meeting gave birth to FMSC’s volunteer-packing approach.
To distribute the packed meals, the FMSC team began establishing partnerships with major global distribution nonprofits and imbedded missionaries such as Salesian Missions, Love A Child, Cross International, Samaritans International, and World in Need. These partnerships allow FMSC to reach desperately needy children in remote parts of the world by leveraging the partner's in-country expertise. This expertise allows the partner to help ensure that the orphanages, schools and facilities for disabled children are provided hot, nutritious meals—and a ray of hope for the future.
In December of 2003, FMSC’s Board of Directors voted to rededicate the organization to Christ. Since that moment, FMSC’s growth has been virtually exponential. In 2003 FMSC produced 3 million meals with one packing site and 17,000 volunteers. By 2011 FMSC produced over 133 million meals with 6 permanent packing sites, and a nationwide MobilePack program, and more than 565,000 volunteers.
Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Amount of Volunteers Needed: 23 Volunteers will be needed to pack food. We will be joining other corporations and groups.
Volunteer Age Guidelines: Please follow the student-to-adult ratios when registering to volunteer.
Grade 10-12: 5 students to 1 adult
Grade 7-9: 4 students to 1 adult
Grade 3-6: 3 students to 1 adult
Grade K-2: 1 student to 1 adult
The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old.
Dress: Please wear closed toe shoes!!
Jewelry and other accessories present the potential for foreign objects to accidentally fall into our lifesaving meals. To avoid the possibility of losing loose objects in any of its meals, FMSC requires that all jewelry and other accessories be removed.
For additional information about FMSC and its jewelry policy, please visit http://volunteer.fmsc.org (http://volunteer.fmsc.org/).
Thank you for all you do!