Yesterday, I was privileged to participate in a food-packing session with my church family. Want to save a child? This may be the best way.
Sunday was a great day. Every year for the last fifteen years, my congregation has hosted a youth gathering called Soul Link. Starting last year, we teamed the teenagers up with a Christian non-profit group called Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to bag food to save the lives of malnourished and undernourished children around the world.
Last year’s results were so encouraging that we added an extra work day so the congregation could bag food. On Sunday, we gathered in the gym (our building doubles as a school). My partners were an elder and his wife, Gerald and Cindy; Rachel and her sixth grade daughter, Juliette; fourth-grader, Rio; and several other mothers, daughters, fathers and sons.
FMSC has it down, organizing several hundred people into little assembly lines in which every person has a job. One short training video, and we were off to the races.
The totals were impressive; over the two days, we managed to bag 280,000 meals, enough to fill up a sea container that will go directly to Haiti. Volunteer labor means FMSC can provide each meal for 22 cents! I don’t remember how many children that will feed for how long, but it was significant. And I can’t think of a more satisfying way to spend a couple of hours.
Hunger — not AIDS, not malaria, pneumonia, or measles — is the number one cause of death in children under the age of five. Undernutrition enhances the danger of diseases, especially to children. One-quarter of the world population has stunted mental and physical growth due to malnutrition. Hunger is caused by poverty, and poverty is perpetuated by hunger.(1)
If you’re looking for one way, perhaps the best way, to change the world, consider feeding a hungry child.
The pictures I chose for this post feature children in Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua. These countries are near and dear to my heart. My husband had the opportunity to go to Haiti many years ago, and he spent years going to Honduras to build houses. I traveled to Tegucigalpa, Honduras one year to help, and I would love to go back. Sarah, my “adopted child,” is in Nicaragua.
Photo credits - CC license: / FMSC Distribution Partner - Nicaragua>
CC license: / FMSC Distribution Partner - Haiti
CC license: / FMSC Distribution Partner - Honduras
(1) "World Child Hunger Facts." World Child Hunger Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Mar. 2015.