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Efficiency is important to Feed My Starving Children. In order to continue working smarter, FMSC is opening a new MobilePack staging warehouse near Atlanta in Norcross, Georgia. This warehouse will allow us to service MobilePack events in the southeast United States more efficiently.
In 2013, more than 208,000 MobilePack volunteers packed over 50 million meals, with 206 events in over 38+ states. These events, along with our permanent packing sites in MN, IL, and AZ, help FMSC feed tens of thousands of children every year.
“As we continue to be blessed with rapid MobilePack growth, FMSC needs to add MobilePack warehousing capacity in order to stage events (ingredients, supplies, packing equipment).” said Pat Swanke, FMSC’s VP of Operations. “Adding that new warehouse capacity within the region where the events actually occur saves FMSC on freight cost. And in the case of the new MobilePack staging warehouse in Norcross, Georgia, will also save our FMSC distribution partners on freight cost.”
Two Ways to Help
Atlanta MobilePack event (Oct 31-Nov 2): This weekend, we have a large MobilePack event in Norcross. Volunteer spots are still open. Please sign up or tell anyone you know in the Atlanta area. Sign up HERE.
Georgia jobs: We are hiring for several Event Team Leader positions based at our new Norcross location. CLICK HERE for FMSC jobs.
Feed kids with your time and treasures this holiday season. For these special Fully Invested sessions only, each volunteer is required to bring a $50 donation to cover the cost of one box of meals. (Cash, check, or credit card welcome on that day.) One box feeds a child for 7 months!
Check out our special packing sessions on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and throughout December including Christmas Eve and News Year’s Eve: www.fmsc.org/fullyinvested
Or volunteer on a different day in November or December! www.fmsc.org/volunteer
Show your clients and employees you mean business this Christmas. Choose a unique, hand-made gift that provides fair wages to hard-working artisans and life-saving meals for starving children around the world.
“We gave FMSC ornaments and bowls to customers. They appreciated that we are a company that believes in helping children in desperate need and were delighted that this gift contributed to the effort.” -Laurette Rondenet-Smith, CEO of Edlong Dairy Technologies
Purchase these items in the FMSC MarketPlace online: www.fmscMarketPlace.org
In a tiny Zimbabwe village, Thembani was weak and sick. At 11 years old, his health was struggling due to a poor diet. His mother, Portia, was out of options as a single parent. With no choice but to leave the village in search of work, she left Thembani and his two siblings in the care of their grandmother while she took a job in the city as a housekeeper. She hoped this would help her to provide for her family.
Portia hated being separated from her children, and tried to visit them as often as possible. Every time she saw them, they would tell her how much they missed her and how poor their diet was. This broke her heart. She loved them dearly, yet there was nothing she could do. She didn’t have a place for them to stay and could not afford to provide for her three children.
One day Portia was offered a small job by a member of a local church. She began going to church, heard about FMSC’s partner Children’s Cup, and told them about her situation. The staff at Children’s Cup urged Portia to bring her children to the city. Once they arrived, they began receiving FMSC MannaPack Rice.
Thembani’s health has incredibly improved! He has gained noticeable weight, now attends school and is able to smile again. Portia and her family are together. They are healthy and happy because of the compassion of our partner, Children’s Cup, and the provision of MannaPack Rice, packed by YOUR hands.
Portia, Thembani, Thembelihle and Ncuncu say “THANK YOU” for making such a huge difference in their lives!
This week, we observe two poverty-fighting days: World Food Day (today) and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Oct 17).
Feed My Starving Children celebrated our billionth meal packed by volunteers earlier in October. We are filled with gratitude and amazement by how you fight hunger not just on these two days, but every day.
Until all are fed, we must continue to do this important work. Please join us:
- Volunteer to pack meals.
- Donate and fundraise for FMSC.
- Raise your voices online about hunger with the hashtags #WFD2014 and #EndPoverty.