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Registration for our 2015 Illinois Gala closes on April 5. Be sure to buy your tickets before the deadline.
Our 2015 IL Gala will be on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The evening will include dinner, live auction, large MarketPlace, live storytelling from Zinhle Nzima (one child from Swaziland whose life was changed by FMSC meals) and several special videos.
I think God has a special place in His heart for those on the edge. The people I am talking about are all those that are in extreme poverty, experience hunger everyday, and see no rescue or relief coming. Feed My Starving Children receives hundreds of requests from orphanages and school feeding programs that get no support because of their small size and difficult to reach locations. They can’t afford the cost of buying food locally and getting money to pay for shipping food can’t even be a consideration.
So the question is, how do we get food to the hungry on this distant edge?
FMSC has developed a solution called Direct Distribution Depots, or 3D for short. 3D is a trial program being implemented in Haiti. In 3D, FMSC pays for transporting a container of food to an established and trusted partner that we have made a special agreement with.
Our first 3D partner is Help For Haiti (HFH) located close to Port-Au-Prince. HFH has been receiving and evaluating requests sent from FMSC and when possible, filling those requests. This approach has enabled us to reach 25 organizations waiting on the edge, waiting for someone to help.
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The first 3D has been so successful that we have started our second 3D in Kampala, Uganda with FMSC partner, Feed The Hungry. Please pray that 3D continues to bring hope to those that know no hope. Pray that God continues to open opportunities to find these “edges.” Once you find them, you also find great joy in serving the least of these and seeing more of God’s heart because He lives there too.
FMSC’s fiscal year came to a close at the end of February. Our Executive Director/CEO Mark Crea recaps our accomplishments and looks forward to goals for the new year.
I must first give praise and honor to God for what HE did last year with FMSC. So much was accomplished, so many more children were fed, many lives were saved, hope was restored and ears were opened to hear the Word of salvation.
The ink was hardly dry on last year’s budget when the Lord provided additional donations that allowed the Board to raise our meal goal from 205 million meals to 215 million. That lasted four months before we once again added another 10 million meals for a total of 225 million. We ended the year at a remarkable 229.2 million meals.
Nearly 900,000 volunteers walked through our doors—either at our sites or at MobilePack events. Through MobilePack we brought the FMSC mission to 37 states. We remodeled and expanded sites and opened a MobilePack warehouse in Norcross, GA. We shipped 100% of our allocated shipments. Finally, we just received Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the tenth consecutive year! There are dozens of other key accomplishments from every part of FMSC.
Our new year continues with a goal to produce and distribute 270 million meals. This goal will require us to be on our knees asking for the Lord’s help. Thank you again and may God bless each of you.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” –John 14:18
Fedner was deserted by both of his parents when he was just two years old. His grandfather tried to take care of his grandson, but already had 10 other people living in his small home. The family walked two hours every day to get water. They ate whatever they could find, and though Fedner’s grandfather worked hard to grow bananas, beans, corn and yams by hand, it was not enough. Food was always scarce.
Fedner was severely malnourished. He grew increasingly ill.
By four years of age, he had malaria and developed kwashiorkor, a serious protein deficiency caused by severe malnutrition. His eyes, face and feet were painfully swollen. Each of his ribs stuck out visibly.
His grandfather was desperate. He loved his grandson dearly. In a moment of extreme determination, he carried Fedner down the treacherous mountain path to the only place within a 2-hour walk where he could get help—a Rescue Center clinic run by Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH), a ministry that receives FMSC meals.
Here Fedner received medical attention and MannaPack Rice. With consistent monitoring and nutritious, protein-packed FMSC food, his body slowly began to heal. His hair turned dark again. His skin cleared up. The kwashiorkor swelling went down.
“Fedner and his grandfather have a deep love for each other,” says Licia Betor with Real Hope for Haiti. “I have a huge amount of respect for his grandpa for caring for him. It is not easy for them but he does as well as he can.”
In the span of one year, Fedner has gained more than eight pounds! He has become a healthy, happy five-year-old boy. He now has energy to play soccer with his friends, likes to play with trucks and can often be found singing and dancing. Praise the Lord for such an incredible miracle!
RHFH cares for nearly 100 extremely malnourished children every day. They cannot succeed without FMSC meals. Because of greatly increasing need, partners like RHFH are doubling and tripling their requests for food. FMSC meals form the reliable foundation these ministries need for successful programs.
May we never stop fighting for children just like Fedner. As you volunteer your time with FMSC, you literally pack hope. Every cup of rice and soy and every scoop of vitamins and veggies means a life saved. Every penny you give makes a difference. Through you we can continue feeding kids who desperately need a nutritious meal.
Thank you for all you do.
Feed My Starving Children has earned our 10th straight 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Four stars is the highest mark there is for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.” Charity Navigator is the nation’s leading non-profit watchdog, scrutinizing the audited financial results, board structure, and accounting practices of more than 8,000 U.S. charities every year.
“Only 1% of the charities we rate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Feed My Starving Children outperforms most other charities in America,” Ken Burger, President of Charity Navigator, told FMSC in a letter. “This ‘exceptional’ designation…differentiates FMSC from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.” **
To see FMSC’s full charity rating, visit CharityNavigator.org.
** Keep in mind that when Charity Navigator lists our efficiency ratio as 88.2%, they do so by not counting volunteer time as a donation. FMSC does count volunteer time as a donation, because our auditors instruct us to do so, based on the vital importance of volunteers to our production model. Using this recommended practice, FMSC’s efficiency ratio is 92% (of total donations directly supporting our feeding program vs. administration and fundraising costs).