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posted: 6/15/2012 5:00 AM

Summer volunteers needed for Feed My Starving Children

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  • Kids as young as 5 are welcome to join the fun packing sessions at Feed My Starving Children.

      Kids as young as 5 are welcome to join the fun packing sessions at Feed My Starving Children.

  • Families can sign up for two-hour sessions at Feed My Starving Children.

      Families can sign up for two-hour sessions at Feed My Starving Children.

 

As students and their families plan for summer vacation, Christian hunger relief organization Feed My Starving Children invites volunteers of all ages to help them pack nutritious meals for hungry children worldwide.

"Summer is a time of rest for most families, but FMSC can't take a vacation from its commitment to children in need," said Mark Crea, executive director. "We're asking families to join us in our mission of feeding the bodies and spirits of kids around the world by volunteering at an FMSC site or MobilePack event this summer."

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Volunteers age 5 and older can participate in two-hour meal packing shifts at FMSC, where they learn about world hunger and use their own hands to pack nutritious, culturally acceptable MannaPack meals. At the end of a lively, assembly line-style packing session, volunteers celebrate the grand total of meals packed and children impacted. The meals are then shipped to one of nearly 70 nations, where they become fuel for community development in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs.

"A typical volunteer packs 216 meals for undernourished kids in a two-hour shift at FMSC," said Crea. "It's rare to find a fun summer activity that allows you to make that much of an impact in such a short amount of time."

FMSC has volunteering locations in Schaumburg and Aurora. FMSC also partners with local churches, schools and organizations to hold community-hosted MobilePack events in temporary locations around the United States.

FMSC shifts are scheduled weeks in advance, so volunteers are advised to book their summer packing session now. To sign up to pack at an FMSC site or event with your family, visit fmsc.org/volunteer.

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