IDAHO FALLS — Hundreds of volunteers donned hairnets and gloves in Idaho Falls and got to work preparing meals for hungry children around the world.
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization based in Minnesota. It works with food distribution partners nationwide who stay with communities for the long term, according to its website.
A group involved with FMSC in Idaho Falls began collecting donations from the community in May and will continue through November.
Jordan Boyle, the Idaho Falls Group’s financial coordinator, and about 500 volunteers packed food into the 4H building at the Bonneville County Fairgrounds this weekend. They need an additional $4,000 to reach their goal.
“The goal was to provide 100,000 meals to starving children around the world and the main places where they provide food are places like the Philippines, Africa, a lot in Ukraine and Haiti,” says Boyle. . “It costs about 25 cents for each meal to provide. Making 100,000 (meals) costs around $25,000.
Ball Ventures is just one of many local businesses that have donated to the cause. Company employees even helped pack food on Friday. They put rice and vital nutrients in plastic bags.
Trisha Randall, prayer coordinator for Feed My Starving Children in Idaho Falls, says the bag is a combination of rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins and provides a complete meal for a child.
Meals will now be shipped to one of FMSC’s distribution centers in Arizona. Once there, the group will find out which country will benefit.
“I think it’s really amazing that FMSC is so focused on community involvement and yet his personal mission is a mission for Jesus Christ. They play a key role in bringing communities together. Together, Idaho Falls can have an impact,” Randall said.
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