|Feed My Starving Children meets goal of food packaged|
|Written by Carolyn Lee|
|Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:25|
There were so many volunteers at the fourth annual Feed My Starving Children MobilePack™ event in Imperial, Neb., last weekend that more meals for hungry children could have been packaged if supplies had been available.
Coordinator Dick Banks said 830 volunteers packed 272,160 meals for hungry children worldwide during the three-day event July 24-26 at Crossroads Wesleyan Church.
The cost of the meals was just short of $59,875, Banks said, with donations at present close to that amount.
A $10,000 matching grant was also filled, Banks noted.
One box of meals packed, costing $47.52, provides 216 meals to hungry children.
The meals were packed by volunteers in shifts of anywhere from 44 to 112, Banks said. A group from Estes Park, which has participated before, comes from the farthest away, according to Banks. Other groups from Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas also traveled to the event.
A number of Holyoke residents are part of the Feed My Starving Children volunteer family, who travel to Imperial, Neb., for the annual food packing event. Pictured from left, Sandy Ferguson, Susie Vasa and Barb Brown are three of the Holyoke volunteers who packed meals for hungry children on Friday, July 25. —Imperial Republican photo
“That’s the thing that’s really unique,” Banks noted. “Anywhere from 50-65 percent of the people come from out of town. That’s how we’re reaching out to other communities.”
“Most of our volunteers have been here every year. We’re becoming a very large family,” he said.
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