The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit.
Christian non-profit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has tackled world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries. These meals are specifically designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition and are used in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. In 2014, FMSC welcomed nearly 900,000 volunteers to pack more than 229 million meals through its permanent sites and nationwide MobilePack program. The Minnesota-based charity spends 92% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has earned the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 10 consecutive years. Visit fmsc.org for more information.
During your packing session you will be participating in an assembly line process. With the help of volunteers, dry ingredients are poured into bags, the bags are weighed and sealed, then boxed and put onto pallets. If we have volunteers that are unable to stand for long periods of time, they are welcome to sit at tables and label bags. Your packing session includes a brief orientation and video followed by packing instructions. Your packing shift will conclude with a short closing. During that time you will learn how many meals you and your fellow volunteers have packed.
So many positive experiences with this organization it's difficult knowing where to begin. My wife and I volunteer here at least monthly, participated in their Million Meal weekend and it has always been an amazing experience. They begin with a brief introduction of who they are and what they do, followed by a short video about who they serve, what they serve and where around the world they serve complete with brief conversations with the children that benefit. It is impossible to begin this experience without a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to serve but also a tangible sense that you, in a couple short hours will make a direct impact on the lives of children dying of malnutrition and starvation. Once packing begins it transforms into a high energy event of purposeful involvement. In the end stories of recovering children are shared, tallies are made to tell how many lives you've impacted, the food is prayed over and small samples provided. OUTSTANDING experience!