From The Field

UPDATE: What You Need to Know About FMSC and The Ebola Crisis

Feed My Starving Children is dedicated to standing with our partners in West Africa through the hard times ahead. We have many phenomenal, dedicated partners in this region and have worked closely with them throughout the past 10 years in response to their food-aid needs.

The Ebola crisis is a tragedy, but the true devastation is only beginning to show. It is currently planting season in West Africa. Due to the number of people affected by Ebola and the extensive fear and lack of education about how the disease spreads, people aren’t working. Crops are not being planted. Farmers don’t have the workforce necessary to plant a majority of their fields, or they are simply not planting at all.

Without crops to harvest, food will soon become scarce in West Africa. FMSC estimates greatly increased demand from our partners in this region throughout the next 6-12 months. Six million meals have already been requested, and we expect this number will continue to rise. FMSC is preparing for long-term needs. We have already sent 2 million of the requested meals. A total of 5 million meals will be sent by the end of November 2014.

A majority of the food being sent is MannaPack Rice. Our partners are currently helping us to assess how our Potato-D formula might benefit and aid recovery in Ebola patients. FMSC meals do not cure Ebola. However, they can assist in the care and recovery of affected patients and maintain the health of those caring for patients.

As far as we know, none of FMSC’s partners have contracted Ebola. However, some of their relatives and family members have been affected. We ask you to join us in praying daily for our partners and their families.

Despite the Ebola outbreak, our partners continue to meet together on a monthly basis through a joint mission to help those who need it most. They have combined resources of FMSC food, their own ministry supplies and money in order to do outreach in the communities and hospitals affected by Ebola. What an incredible example of the body of Christ! We are extremely proud of our partners’ courage.

To donate to FMSC’s Ebola Crisis Response Fund, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate. To volunteer to pack meals, please register at www.fmsc.org/volunteer.

FMSC responds to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Reuniting a Family

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!

Read the story of how FMSC and Children's Cup helped change one family's life

Milestone: FMSC Volunteers Pack One Billion Meals

I am thrilled to announce that Feed My Starving Children has packed 1 BILLION MEALS! What an exceptional milestone!

We did the math—through your commitment to feeding God’s precious children, more than 4.2 million volunteers have hand-packed one billion meals for malnourished children in nearly 70 countries.


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Because of your two hands, God’s rich provision and blessing on FMSC, and an exceptional network of missions and humanitarian organizations, lives have been changed all around the world.

You are truly the difference between hunger and hope.

It is such a blessing to do His work! From the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you for helping us reach one billion meals! We couldn’t do this without you.

We look forward to another billion life-saving meals and to the day when ALL are fed!

FMSC volunteers have now packed 1 billion meals

Hope For Life in Haiti

The Hope For Life Children’s Home in Gressier, Haiti receives, cooks, and serves their kids Feed My Starving Children meals.

“We started receiving the [FMSC] meals in August 2013,” Hannah of Hope For Life told us. “Its been incredible to see the difference in the health and energy of the kids in a year’s time!”

FMSC meals give kids the energy to be kids. (Haiti)

FMSC meals give kids energy to be kids. (Haiti)

FMSC meals give kids energy to be kids. (Haiti)
FMSC meals give kids energy to be kids. (Haiti)

When you pack meals and donate to FMSC, kids like Dawensky (left) and Carine (right) can grow up healthy.

Thank you from the Hope for Life Children’s Home!

Hope for Life Children's Home thanks FMSC.

New Strength to Stand

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds
for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
– Psalm 107:8-9

Kid sits listlessly in his mother Myrel’s arms. His tiny ribcage protrudes from his chest. His frail, spindly arms and legs are unable to support him. In their scanty seaside home located in a slum community of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines, Myrel and her husband Roger work raggedly. They do everything they can to support Kid and his 16-year-old brother, Wilmer. But their very best efforts are not enough.

Roger risks his health and safety every day—his work is located far away in a gold mine, where he barely earns $10 per month. This wage is insufficient to feed and provide for their family. They cannot afford to send their older son to school, and their baby boy, Kid, is malnourished and struggling.

Though Myrel plants vegetables and gathers shellfish for work, she is unable to make enough money to purchase basic necessities and watches helplessly as her children go to bed hungry, day after day.

FMSC’s partner International Care Ministries (ICM) discovered the family and quickly referred them to ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program—a nutrition and feeding initiative for malnourished children. The family began receiving FMSC MannaPack meals. Suddenly, they had hope.

FMSC's meals at work in the Philippines
FMSC's meals at work in the Philippines

As a result of the feeding program, Kid has vastly improved. His skin looks healthier, his arms have developed muscle and his legs are strong enough to support him—he is now able to stand and walk! The MannaPack meals provide the nutrition he needs to sustain his body, grow stronger and laugh and play with other kids. What a miracle!

“I am happy because I get full with the MannaPack and also I am happy for my brother that is now healthy and able to walk,” said Wilmer.

Because of you, Kid stands! Your passion for those in need enables children just like Kid to gain the strength and opportunity to rise above starvation and gain a bright and beautiful future!

The fight is real. No child should starve. No parent should have to watch helplessly as their child slowly fades away. There are many other children in the same situation around the world, starving and without resources.

Your kind-hearted, generous giving restores the lives of children like Kid, helps our long-term partners like ICM sustain their already established feeding programs, and enables FMSC to continue to provide aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 

To give, visit fmsc.org/donate.