ROCKLIN-For the fifth year, hundreds of volunteers from the community will gather to pack meals for malnourished children around the world.
The organizing committee for the Placer/Sacramento Feed My Starving Children MobilePack announced today that this year’s event will take place October 23-25 at William Jessup University in Rocklin.
Throughout the past four years, volunteers at this annual MobilePack have hand-packed more than 1.8 million meals for starving children around the world. Last year, more than 270,000 meals were shipped to the Philippines-arriving after the devastating typhoon and aiding that country’s pressing needs. Organizers are hoping to pack at least 300,000 meals this year.
“We are very excited to pack hundreds of thousands of meals again this year,” said Mike Gebhardt, chair of the organizing committee. “Each meal we pack impacts the life of a child in dire need. Our team is working now to raise money so that we can pay and pack as many meals as possible.”
Feed My Starving Children, an international organization, coordinates MobilePack events around the United States where volunteers combine and package ingredients scientifically formulated to address the needs of malnourished children. Feed My Starving Children calls the meals MannaPacks(tm)-each meal costs just 22 cents.
The event committee is seeking individuals and organizations-churches, civic groups and corporations-to become financial partners to pay for the meals. Sponsorships are available at the MobilePack website at sacfmscmobilepack.org.
Last year this MobilePack was sponsored by organizations that included Wells Fargo, which sponsored more than 45,000 meals; Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning, St. Matthew Church in Rocklin, William Jessup University and Valley Springs Church, each sponsoring more than 22,000 meals; and a number of other local businesses.
Corporations, civic groups and churches that are interested in partnering with this year’s Sacramento area MobilePack may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 916-781-0650. The event can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SacramentoRegionFMSC and on Twitter at @SacMobilePack.
About Feed My Starving Children
A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to more than 70 countries, where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Last year, FMSC welcomed nearly 800,000 volunteers to pack more than 191.6 million meals. The Minnesota-based charity spends 92% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years.
About FMSC MobilePack
MobilePack events enable children and adults across the United States to pack FMSC’s life-giving MannaPack meals. Churches, businesses, community groups and schools in more than 30 states have hosted these food-packing events as a way to foster teamwork and unity, while making a real difference in the problem of hunger. FMSC provides guidance and logistics. Local donors and volunteers provide funds and labor to produce the meals.