Feed My Starving Children

Recently I joined Christopher, Joshua, and Ruthanne as a Feed My Starving Children volunteer, packing nutritious meals for third world starving children. Christopher has done this with Joshua before, but this was Ruthanne and my first time. Grades K-2 require one adult per child. I was thrilled to be part of their team.

The whole Feed My Starving Children packing process is amazing with multiple stations set up in a gym type setting in a church where 8 to 12 people at each one pack meals consisting of vitamins, soy powder, dried vegetables, and rice—measured and weighed for individual packets. Packing is fast-paced, loud, and motivating. After all, we were packaging food that would feed starving children. 

I held the bag under the funnel for the ingredients to be added to, and Ruthanne weighed the bag. If it was overweight, she took some out, and if it was underweight, she put some in until it fell in the correct weight range. Christopher and Joshua manned the station where each bag is sealed. 

Our volunteer slot was for two hours but with training and cleanup, we probably packed meals for 1.25 hours. The group we were with packed enough meals to feed 167 children for one year. 

You can find out about Feed My Starving Children events in your area by visiting this link.

Note: One consideration is that the music is loud and not as conservative as many might prefer.

Trusting in Jesus,

“And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and
filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are
needful to the body; what doth it profit?” James 2:16 

16 thoughts on “Feed My Starving Children”

  1. We have done this twice at our church! My children loved helping. They are a bit older, and the second year they asked if we could do a double shift, which we did! This is reminding me to look and see if any churches in our area will be doing it, since ours isn’t this year.
    How special to be able to experience it with your family.

  2. Isn’t it great to see people who are able, helping those in need. Our church runs a community meal one night every week to help the struggling families and individuals in the neighbourhood who may struggle to find a meal or who suffer from loneliness. My husband and I take our two daughters along and we all help out, it’s a great way to reach out to people in need and teach our daughters the value of serving the community and helping people.

  3. We live not far from their international headquarters and have helped pack many times! Several people we know have packed as a birthday parties, family reunions, etc., which I think it a super neat idea. It’s a great ministry! We love that they partner with other organizations (such has Heifer International or the Red Cross) for maximum benefit of the recipients without making them overly dependent on aid.
    A note about the music: I believe the organizer/group attending or other person in charge can choose the music being played during packing. We have only heard instrumental music or no music at all while we have been there.
    So glad you were able to attend and assist!

    1. Very interesting about the music. Thank you for that information. What a great idea to make packing part of a special event like a birthday party. And you can pack almost as often as you would want to!

  4. Hi Terri, this sounds like a wonderful opportunity!!!

    I have looked into in my area and found one for May 2020. They will let me know when registration opens for the event.

    Thank you for sharing and for volunteering!!!

      1. We saw a lot of people we knew leaving as we were entering. My friend told me her boys wanted to stay longer and to do this again next year. That made us so happy.

  5. I was not familiar with this ministry, and will check to see if there’s one in my area!

    How wonderful some of the Maxwells helped with this. So special! 🙂

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