30 Mar Feeding the Hungry, One Bag at a Time
On Saturday, March 19, Kids Against Hunger held a packing event at Grace Gathering Church. Kids Against Hunger is a non-profit humanitarian food aid organization with the mission to show God’s love by providing highly nutritious food to feed insecure people around the world. Their meals are packaged by volunteers and delivered to starving families with the help of worldwide partners. Since its launch, Kids Against Hunger has provided over 200 million meals for children and their families in more than 60 countries through the efforts of hundreds of thousands of volunteers. Kids Against Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving children and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency. Kids Against Hunger seeks to end the literal hunger of children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans – a hunger for meaning and contribution.
Elevate City Church had the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the event. We hadmore than 40 elevators come join the Servolution team to help pack meals. We were able to serve alongside Leo Elementary, Kohl’s associates, NEIAND, DaVita, and Huntertown UMC. It was so neat to be able to serve with other members of our community to make a difference for the hungry. Together we were able to help pack over 21,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. The meals will be sent to help nourish hungry families in Haiti. The bag contains 21 vitamins and minerals, lots of protein, and has been specifically formulated to provide six children all the nutrition they need for one day. Each meal costs $.25 and there are 6 meals in one bag ($1.50 per bag). It’s a small price to pay to help those in need.
At the event, our task was to fill bags with food. There were 11 people in each group. One person opened a bag and held it under a funnel for the others to pour food into. Four people scooped rice, vitamin-fortified crushed soy, a dehydrated blend of vegetables, and vitamin and mineral powder into the bag. Then two people took those bags and weighed them making sure they were within the correct weight limit. Then one person removed the air from the bag and pinched the bag shut while another used a heating device to seal the bag. Another person made sure the bag was flat and stacked the bags. Lastly, one person took the filled bags and packed them safely in a box for shipping. Every time a box was filled, you rang a cowbell and everyone cheered. Hooray! Needless to say, it was a fun way to work together and fight hunger one meal at a time.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to serve God and His people We appreciate YOU!
“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10