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Magazine: Feeding God's Children Worldwide

Holy Family 1 in Chicago, Ill., determined to make an impact overseas, packed over 11,000 meals at Feed My Starving Children.


Holy Family 1, Chicago, Illinois, teamed up with Naperville’s St. Raphael Catholic School for a Feeding God’s Children (FGC) event at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Aurora. The event was initially kicked off by Illinois Field Director Tom Wesolowski, who also happens to be a parishioner of St. Raphael Parish. Tom desired to contact St. Raphael Principal Mavis DeMar and St. Raphael faculty member Amy Nelson to come up with an idea to better serve the global community.

They considered a few different ways to team up with Catholic Order of Foresters (COF) for an event that matched the values of St. Raphael and COF. After days of brainstorming, they decided that the students should have an opportunity to help feed other children worldwide. They were able to do this with the help of an organization called FMSC, a non-profit that strives to eliminate starvation.

Founded in 1987, FMSC brings volunteers together to pack specially formulated meals into boxes to be shipped out of the country through food distribution partners. The meals are called MannaPacks, and they consist of white rice, dehydrated veggies, soy protein, and a vitamin and mineral blend.

With help from Amy Nelson, almost 50 St. Raphael students and parents showed up ready to help feed children in need on the evening of April 22. Due to the ongoing pandemic, all volunteers were asked to always keep six feet apart and wear masks.

“Seeing all of these students and parents coming out to help people in another part of the world is truly amazing and speaks volumes about the St. Raphael community,” said Tom.

At the beginning of the event, volunteers were separated into groups, with each volunteer assigned a task. Some were to scoop rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy protein, or the vitamin and mineral blend. Others were to seal the plastic bags after they were packed with ingredients.

After everyone washed their hands in designated sinks, they got straight to work. By the end of the hour, the group had packed 11,016 meals into 51 boxes, which is enough nutrition to feed 30 children for a whole year. The total value of the packed meals came out to $2,644.

The dedication each volunteer showed was truly remarkable and added to the impressive number of people served in total. Do you want to make an impact like this group did? Contact the Fraternal Outreach Team to learn how or visit this page for more ideas.

Article by Michael Cesario

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