FMSC on Flickr
Gift giving is meant to be enjoyable. It is a way to say “thank you,” “well done” and celebrate the ones you love on holidays throughout the year.
However, with busy schedules and long to-do lists, giving a gift can become obligatory and stressful.
The FMSC MarketPlace is here to help your holiday shopping experience. The handmade, one-of-a kind items to choose from can leave you with a sense of joy knowing that your unique purchase will not only give your loved one a truly unique, handmade item, it will also help feed children around the world AND support an artisan whose livelihood depends on their craft.
Meet Rigoberto Lopez Hernandez.
FMSC’s food partner, Fabretto Children’s Foundation, has been working with the carpentry program to help them sell the handcrafted items the students create.
Rigoberto has now been working in the carpentry business for 12 years.
“This job has helped me financially, to the extent where I am now comfortable buying food and clothing for my family,” he said.
FMSC will send more than 12 million meals to Fabretto this year alone to help feed thousands of children each day in the Fabretto-run schools. The MarketPlace purchases handmade nativity puzzles and hand-crafted and painted Christmas signs from the cooperative.
It takes approximately 25 days from start to finish to complete an order for these items. The carpenters cut, stain, paint, label and package all of the goods before sending them off to FMSC.
Support Rigoberto or one of our other 14 artisan partner groups by purchasing one of their handmade items today!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wanted to share this story of gratitude with you.
Kheunon Ty is now 19 years old and has been in an orphanage in Cambodia since he was four years old. His parents died when he was young, leaving him and his two brothers in the care of their grandparents.
Kheunon Ty remembers that though his grandparents were old and sick, they tried their best to provide for their grandchildren. But at most they were only able to feed them one meal a day.
When Kheunon Ty and his brothers moved to the orphanage, he was surprised not only by the love that he felt, but by the ease of access to food.
“Every day I’ve had three full meals. This is so amazing to me! Still to this day I think about how difficult it was before and how easy now it is to eat,” he said. “It makes me cry, and I don’t know exactly why. But I just know I am so blessed!”
FMSC meals are saving the lives of young men like Kheunon Ty, and you are helping make that possible! May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving season and always.
On a recent trip to a school in Haiti, Sharon Olwig of God’s Ministry in LaGonave, Inc. went from classroom to classroom and saw kids with huge smiles on their faces.
They were eating FMSC meals and socializing.
“It was just like what I felt should normally take place in a grade school cafeteria here in the states,” she said.
After serving the morning meal, teachers reported more attentive students and a better school atmosphere.
After one year of eating MannaPack meals, overall grades at that school jumped from 63 to 95 percent!
“This amazing increase proves what we were sure to be true,” Olwig said. “These children do want to learn and are very capable of it, but proper nutrition must be present.”
A daily meal at school helps kids concentrate on learning rather than their growling stomachs.
Hot lunches reduce school dropout rates by 200-300 percent in developing countries, according to the World Food Programme.
This Christmas, you can make a difference in a child’s life through the gifts you give to friends and family. You can choose from nine stories in our MarketPlace and give the amount designated on the card to FMSC (your donation goes directly towards feeds starving kids worldwide). Once your donation is completed, you’ll receive an email with a link to download a PDF version of the gift card. You can give that card to a loved one as a Christmas gift in their honor!
Hope-filled smiles — Nicaragua ($50)
Gerald and his sister Deyling weren’t expected to live. Chronic malnutrition and severe anemia hindered their growth. Most families in their poor Nicaraguan town struggle to earn a living and find food. Eating one meal a day is a luxury. “They were so weak they couldn’t walk without help,” Gerald and Deyling’s mother said. FMSC partner Fabretto enrolled them in an education and lunch program where they ate MannaPack Rice daily. Consistent nutrition enabled their starved bodies to slowly heal. Today, Gerald and Deyling are thriving. Gerald is succeeding in school and has become one of the most active students in his class. His teacher notes, “Gerald used to be very quiet, he would never participate. Now he is always the first to raise his hand.” School meals save lives.
This gift will provide more than 200 meals and bring HOPE to communities in need like Gerald and Deyling’s, one family at a time.
God’s hand extended worldwide — Refugee communities around the world ($500)
FMSC meals reach refugees in many countries, including Myanmar and Uganda. Getting to them is like seeing God’s hand fully extended, fingers outstretched to touch those who would otherwise be untouched. FMSC’s partners work tirelessly to bring the hope of a nutritious meal to suffering children and their families. The roads to reach them are tough, filled with sudden twists, climbs, descents and seemingly endless steep mountains and deep valleys. Without FMSC MannaPack meals, the effectiveness of outreaches like this would be drastically reduced. As the meals are strapped to their backs or balanced on top of their heads, refugees carry these meals to distant homes in unmapped places. Please continue to pray for all those still needing to be reached. They are never beyond His fingertips.
This provides more than 2,270 meals, enough to strengthen food security for refugee communities like these around the world.
Helping a village — Honduras ($10)
In many rural Honduran villages, poverty is rampant. Families are broken. Girls become mothers at very young ages. Most homes are run by a young single parent and have no means of support. FMSC partner Helping Honduras Kids (HHK) hands out MannaPack Rice in these villages, allowing them to eat a nutritious meal, feed their children and survive another day. The impact HHK has seen in these communities is remarkable. The children are smiling. The mothers are hopeful. The communities have joy. “Being able to distribute MannaPack Rice to the poor and hungry has made a tremendous impact on our ministry,” says HHK. “We have grown and stepped out in faith more each year. We are very thankful that we can care for so many people with the help of Feed My Starving Children.”
This will provide 45 meals and help communities like this one.
You can read the rest of the stories and purchase your gift HERE.
More than 1,600 people attended our Minnesota 2015 Gala last Friday. The theme of the inspirational evening was Hunger to Hope.
The program paid tribute to mothers dealing with horrific situations beyond our comprehension – mothers who are forced to send their children to bed hungry every night.
Nora, a mother from Nicaragua, shared her story of hope.
Before enrolling in Fabretto programs, Nora and her husband struggled to feed their three children. They washed and ironed clothes and sold firewood to earn money.
“The day to day life was very difficult. We did not have regular income as we worked informally. What we earned wasn’t enough to cover basic needs,” she said.
She and her husband sell coffee in a co-op. Nora is also co-founder of the Basket Co-op in Cusmapa, Nicaragua. All three of her children have benefited from Fabretto programs. You can read more about Fabretto HERE.
Nora touched many people’s hearts when she said that even though we are apart in distance, “Spiritually, we are all together.”
Kim Johnson of WCCO-TV emceed the evening. She shared how she used to pack FMSC meals with her church when she was growing up.
“This organization was part of the fabric of my upbringing, and I like to think it shaped who I am today,” she said.
Nate and Kim Beck were joined by their daughter Grace, 13, to bring live music to the event. If this family sounds familiar, it’s because they are no strangers to FMSC. In 2011, they partnered with us with their hot dog cart, Natedogs.
The live auction, with professional auctioneer Kristine Fladeboe Duininck, had the crowd cheering, especially when 6-year-old Parker, of Blaine, took the stage to help auction off a lemonade stand franchise.
Parker’s lemonade stand franchise was sold for $1,300! That just adds to the money his lemonade stand already raised this summer for FMSC. Thank you, Parker!
Paul Oman and 12-year-old daughter Kelsey live-painted acrylics on separate canvases to give vision to the mission of FMSC. The paintings were later auctioned off.
Mark Crea, Executive Director/CEO of FMSC, gave the final words for the evening.
“Right now, our partners are waiting for the day they can tell ALL mothers that their children will be fed. We have that ability here with you and your help,” he said. “Help us feed one more child, one more family, maybe one more village.”
With more than 1,600 in attendance, this was our biggest Gala ever. Through your generosity FMSC exceeded our goal of raising $1 million—which will provide more than 4.5 million nutritious meals to those like Nora who need it most.
Thank you for your generosity and support!