5 Million Meals to be Packed by 30,000 Volunteers at Feed My Starving Children Event

An estimated 5 million life-saving meals for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) will be hand-packed by 30,000 volunteers from various D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area communities, beginning May 13th. When the weekend is complete, volunteers will have packed enough meals to feed approximately 14,000 children for a year. The FMSC Food Fight MobilePack™ event is one of hundreds of MobilePack™ events held across the U.S. to enable children and adults to pack FMSC’s life-giving MannaPack™ meals.

WHAT:        

  • A Feed My Starving Children MobilePack event, at which an estimated 5 million life-saving meals are expected to be packed.
  • 30,000 volunteers from area churches and communities in and around our region plan to hand-pack enough meals to feed approximately 14,000 children for a year.
  • In addition, volunteers are asked to bring a canned food item that will be collected by the Capital Area Food Bank and distributed to local communities throughout the area.

WHEN: 

  • Friday May 13 through Sunday May 15, 2016

Media visits and participation welcome Saturday May 14 from 12:30p-3p or by appointment, [email protected]

WHERE:       

  • Dulles Expo Center, 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, Virginia 20151

WHO:

  • Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit that sends volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries around the world.
  • Local partner, the Northstar Church Network, includes 170 Northern Virginia area churches. The partnership was inspired by New Hope Church’s (Lorton, Va.) 6-year collaboration with Feed My Starving Children.
  • Volunteers from the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area in 2 ½ hour shifts throughout the weekend.

HOW:

WHY:

  • 1 in 9 people are chronically undernourished.
  • FMSC estimates that at least 6,200 children die each day from hunger-related diseases.
  • Specially formulated nutritional meal packs are critical for malnourished children. With the input of scientists from major food companies including General Mills and Cargill, FMSC developed MannaPack Rice, a formula consisting of rice, extruded soy nuggets, dehydrated vegetable for flavor and nutrition, vitamins, minerals and a vegetarian flavoring to give growing children the nutrition they need.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Capture images of thousands of volunteers coming together for hunger relief;
  • Interview event organizers on the challenges of orchestrating these historic food packing events;
  • Interview FMSC experts on global hunger issues.

MORE INFORMATION:

  • Visit 2016FoodFight.com for updated information about the local event and for volunteer sign-up.  Donations also accepted.
  • Additional information available at Feed My Starving Children, fmsc.org.
  • High Res images and :30 Packing B-Roll available upon request.

About Feed My Starving Children

A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries, where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Last year, FMSC welcomed more than 1 million volunteers to pack nearly 273 million meals. The Minnesota-based charity spends more than 90% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry and has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for 11 consecutive years. For more information about Feed My Starving Children, visit FMSC.org.

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