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Calvary and community to provide 750,000 meals for Haiti

Feed Haiti 2014, an FMSC food-packing event, seeks volunteers and donors

Our efforts allow FMSC to focus more on the Philippines

 

            GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. (Jan. 7, 2014) – Even before the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the needs—especially for food—were great.  Today, Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, Minn., invites the community to remember the ongoing needs of the Haitian people by providing and packing 750,000 meals through Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a Christian non-profit organization committed to “feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit.”

          Our focus on Haiti will allow Feed My Starving Children to focus more of their efforts on the Philippines where the need for food has skyrocketed since the typhoon of last November.

          Feed Haiti 2014 will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, through Saturday, Feb. 1, in Calvary’s Gathering Room and Chapel. Calvary is located at 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley. Visit calvary.org/Haiti or call 763-231-2988 to make a donation and/or to register for a volunteer shift (see schedule online).

          “The Haitian people remain in very desperate need,” said the Rev. Bob Cottingham, Calvary’s interim senior pastor. “We are rallying the local community to remember the Haitian people and are grateful to Feed My Starving Children for helping us make such a meaningful and life-saving difference to people around the world.”

          Working in two-hour shifts, volunteers will measure ingredients, fill bags, seal bags, pack boxes and stack pallets. Volunteers must be at least age 5, and student groups must follow the appropriate student-to-adult ratios (one to one through second grade, three to one from third through sixth grade, four to one from seventh through ninth grade, five to one from tenth to twelfth grade).

          The meals will be funded entirely through the financial contributions of individuals, groups and organizations. Donations to Feed Haiti 2014 are being collected online, on site and by mail (Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN  55427), with the goal of raising $165,000 (22 cents per meal). Organizations also have the opportunity to participate as “sponsors” at three different levels; call 763-231-2988 for details.     

          FMSC's MannaPack™ Rice meals provide the key nutrients a starving child needs to survive and thrive, and are distributed through various community settings: orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and nutrition programs. While children in 70 countries receive FMSC food, the meals prepared at Calvary will be delivered specifically to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

          The mission of Calvary Lutheran Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Established in 1946, Calvary offers six weekly worship services and a wide variety of programs for children, youth and adults. For more information, call 763-545-5659 or visit calvary.org.

          Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children is an international Christian hunger relief nonprofit that provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished and hungry people in 70 countries. The meals—costing less than a quarter each—are funded by donors and packed by volunteers. FMSC has maintained the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years. Learn more at fmsc.org.

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