Strike Out Hunger with Fox Sports North

Our friends at Fox Sports North are partnering with Feed My Starving Children this summer to help fight hunger.

Starting today, FMSC volunteers in Minnesota have the chance to win a Strike Out Hunger prize package. The prize includes a special packing session at FMSC, two tickets to a Minnesota Twins game, and a ride in the Fox Sports North Fan Express.

You must visit an FMSC location in Minnesota to register to win. Twenty-five winners will be selected from each packing site. Strike Out Hunger prize package dates:

  • Coon Rapids winners: Sat, Sept 6th. Packing meals 2-4pm, Twins game at 6pm.
  • Eagan winners: Sun, Sept 7th. Packing meals 9:30-11:30am, Twins game at 1pm.
  • Chanhassen winners: Sat, Sept 20th. Packing meals from 2-4pm, Twins game at 6pm.

Let’s strike out hunger together this summer!

Pack meals now through the end of August at any FMSC Minnesota site: fmsc.org/volunteer.

Strike out hunger with FMSC and Fox Sports North

To obtain a copy of the Official rules, which include additional eligibility restrictions, prize description/restrictions/ARV’s, and complete details, visit the entry location or send a SASE to Fox Sports North, “Strike Out Hunger With Fox Sports North and Minnesota Twins – Coon Rapids” Sweepstakes, 800 LaSalle Avenue, Suite 200, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402. The Fox Sports North Privacy Policy is located at HERE.

2013-14 FMSC Annual Report

You are the difference between hunger and hope.

FMSC had a record-setting year transforming more lives than ever, and we glorify God for all He has accomplished through you and FMSC.

2013-14 FMSC Annual Report stats

We pray that one day hunger will be completely eliminated and our work won’t be necessary! But for now, there’s more to do. Thousands of children are still hungry and many families still need to feel God’s love through servanthood. So, with your help in the year ahead, we want to pack, ship, and serve 215 million meals. We lift up these efforts to God so His name will be known among those we serve! With His help, we are the difference between hunger and hope.

To see our full 2013-14 FMSC Annual Report, visit fmsc.org/annualreport

Mark Crea, CEO of Feed My Starving Children

FMSC MarketPlace: Timbali Crafts

Purchase a unique, back-to-school bag and support an income generating project for rural women in Swaziland! Start your year off with a great fashion statement. Your new school bag provides 50 FMSC meals to a student in need and supports the women of Timbali Crafts.

Watch to find out more:

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To buy a beautiful Timbali bag from Swaziland, please visit fmscMarketPlace.org

Food Heroes: The First Packing Competition

FMSC staff shouted, “Table 1, are you ready?!” 91 people stood poised, muscles tense and ready for action. The room buzzed with restrained excitement.

“Table 2, are you ready?!” Teams were eager to begin. This was the first competitive packing session of its kind at FMSC. Some had worked for more than a month to raise money, design team shirts and strategically plan their positions at the packing table.

“Table 3, are you ready?! Table 4?!”

The murmuring chatter rose to a dull roar. “Table 5, Table 6, ARE YOU READY?!”

Feet shuffled. Hands twitched. Volunteers leaned forward, on the edge of their toes.

“Go!!”

A loud yell rose from the crowd of volunteers as they rushed into action—packing furiously. This was the Food Heroes Invitational and each team wanted to win. The fact is, each and every one of them were already heroes. Because of what they did, so many hungry little ones, families and God’s kids, would get to eat and live.

Competitive packing session at FMSC

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, the Coon Rapids site hosted its first ever competitive packing session called the “Food Heroes Invitational.” The vision: volunteers are excited to do their best to feed God’s children, are often motivated best by goals and would jump at the chance to challenge the record number of meals packed and money raised.

Senior Team Leader Adam Hanson, Team Leaders Frank Wandzel, Karolina Pien and Sarah Laulunen, and Site Supervisor Lisa Ellis oversaw the event.

“This would not have happened without the ‘heroes’ who are always so fired up about feeding God’s kids,” said Adam.

Overall, 4 teams competed. Rules included a -6 bag penalty for starting before the “go signal,” measuring spills (after 400 grams of waste, every 50 grams was worth -2 penalty packs) and boxes discovered with mis-weighed bags = – 1 entire box.

“The energy in the building was higher than normal that evening and the competitive spirit in each of us was in full force,” said one of the volunteers. “It was an opportunity to shine for God by feeding His children and raising money for future events. The pace was fast, the noise level was high and everywhere you looked volunteers were laughing, smiling and challenging one another to ‘move faster!’”

A hodgepodge of regular volunteers called “Servants of Soy” won 1st place for number of meals packed and total money raised, with a team from Teen Challenge Leadership Institute (TCLI) coming in a close 2nd place.

Competitive packing session at FMSC

Another volunteer added, “While it was a ‘competition,’ it brought all of us together for a cause that we all feel passionate about. I definitely felt humbled as I high-fived the other teams and contemplated the impact that we were all making by spending our time at FMSC packing food that would be sent all over the world.”

“It was great fun to be part of this event,” said Frank. “The commitment that many of our volunteers have for the mission of FMSC is richly deep and giving, and their faithfulness is quietly persistent—a great reflection of our Father toward us!”

Event totals:

  • Amount raised: $2,456.84
  • Boxes Packed: 154
  • Meals Produced: 33,254
  • Kids Fed for a Year: 91

The first Food Heroes packing night was a great success!

To sign up to pack meals this summer, please visit fmsc.org/volunteer.

Competitive packing session at FMSC
Competitive packing session at FMSC

Handing Hope to His Precious Children

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14

In the tiny country of Swaziland, where unemployment is rampant and food is scarce, a father and mother desperately seek to provide for their children. Nine pairs of brown eyes look to their parents anxiously, each child’s stomach growling as they wonder when they will receive their next meal. The youngest baby is sick and needs food quickly.

With no one else to turn to and no help in sight, the father leaves in search of food. He is promptly arrested for stealing and thrown in jail for ten years. Just weeks later, the mother is also arrested as she tries to steal food and basic items in an attempt to ensure the survival of her children—she finds herself staring at a three-year prison sentence.

Before serving out her prison term, the mother was placed in the hospital due to the severe malnourishment of her newborn baby. That’s where our partner, Heart for Africa, met her—and she pleaded with them to help her eight children who were now left alone to fend for themselves.

Frightened and starving, these children were barely surviving. A filthy mattress was their only place to sleep. They attempted to cook grass in a dirty black pot over a poorly-lit fire in the middle of a dusty old building.

“There are approximately 15,000 orphan-headed households in Swaziland.” – Heart for Africa

FMSC in Swaziland

Heart for Africa began bringing MannaPack™ meals to the orphaned household, and a neighbor helped cook the food for the children. As a direct result of your faithful giving, these beautiful children now receive meals consistently. Their grandmother, who left the home because she had no way to provide for her grandchildren and couldn’t bear to watch them starve, has returned. Now the kids have someone to care for them and nutritious food to help them grow healthy and strong. This is amazing!

On the first return visit to the orphaned household, it was discovered that 14 children now live there. Other children who were also living without parents had drifted to a reliable source of food.

Children like these are the reason Feed My Starving Children exists. They are desperate and without hope, but your care and intentional giving literally hands them hope in the form of a simple nutritious meal. You bring them immense encouragement, shine the great love of Jesus and show them they are not forgotten.

To give, visit fmsc.org/donate.