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PCSUG AZ Million Meal Event 11/21


The Phoenix Connected Systems User Group is partnering with the Feed My Starving Children organization to pack food for thousands of needy children who need your help.

Join us as we pack 1 million meals for Feed My Starving Children in just one weekend. That’s enough to feed more than 2,700 children for a year! We will need thousands of volunteers to pack these life-saving meals. We also need to raise more than $170,000 to pay for production costs.

About Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization (see FAQs below) committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, and FMSC ships the meals to more than 60 countries around the world.

This year, Feed My Starving Children is committing to providing 91 million meals.

How can you help?

Join PCSUG on Saturday, 11/21 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, AZ. In this 2 hour shift, we’ll pack thousands of meals to be distributed worldwide and help FMSC get one step closer to their goal of 1 million meals.

Volunteering your time and energy to help pack these meals for which there is an urgent need is our highest priority. If you can help, please register for the 9:00 am shift on 11/21 here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/459671891

In addition, Feed My Starving Children is accepting donations of $40 per volunteer to cover the production costs of the food. Just $40 pays for the ingredients you pack, and $62 feeds a child for a year! To make an online donation, click here.

Please note that donations are not a requirement to contribute.


Here are some common questions from the FAQ : http://www.fmsc.org/Page.aspx?pid=278

Where do you send your food? 

We have sent food to more than 60 countries including Haiti, Sudan, Jamaica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Lesotho, Liberia, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi, Cambodia, East Timor, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Cameroon, Niger, Colombia, and El Salvador, and to Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Do you feed children here in the United States? 

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) targets feeding programs to children who are in the most severe circumstances, those suffering from severe malnutrition and threatened with death from starvation.  The United States does not have that level of hunger on a widespread basis.  In the past we have supplied food to an Indian reservation in South Dakota and to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

How long have you been doing this? 

Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987; the first shipment of the current food formula was sent in 1991. 

Do you have to be a Christian to pack? 

No.  We welcome people of every faith to participate in our life-giving mission.

Do you require delivery of a Christian message when the food is served? 

No.  Our food is given to the neediest children, regardless of their faith or whether a Christian message is delivered.  All of God’s children deserve to be fed.

Can the hunger problem ever be solved? 

There is currently enough food in the world to feed everyone.  The model FMSC has created works.  With many people working together, we can have a significant impact on hunger and malnutrition worldwide.

What makes FMSC food so special for a malnourished child? 

Our food was designed by food scientists at Cargill and General Mills to meet the nutritional needs of a 4-to-8-year-old malnourished child.  Each meal has 20 different vitamins and minerals that are specifically tailored to meet a child’s nutritional needs for one day.

How old do you have to be to volunteer? 

Children should be in third grade or older to participate.  Younger children may have difficulty reaching to pour food into and packing food in the ingredient funnels.  We realize that there will be some mixed age groups, in which case  we ask that younger children work one-on-one with an adult and are not left unattended.

The Saturday shift is limited to 52 volunteers, which, at capacity can pack up to 30,000 meals. I would love nothing more than to hear that Eventbrite is out of tickets for that shift!

Thank you for considering this opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community in a much needed way!

Register Here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/459671891

Donate Here: http://www.fmsc.org/Page.aspx?pid=383

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