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today we prepared 10,800 meals for starving children

It is our hope to engage in more volunteer and service-learning activities with Aidan (for his sake and our own). So today, we sought such an opportunity through the “Feed My Starving Children” organization located in Aurora, IL. It was a wonderful experience.

•  2 hours
•  49 volunteers
•  50 boxes of food
•  10,800 meals
•  30 kids fed for a year

Together with a team of 49 volunteers, we prepared a specially designed food mixture of a vegetarian chicken flavoring including vitamins and minerals, dehydrated vegetables, soy nuggets, and rice. This mixture is designed specifically for children who are starving to death. We worked together at stations to bag this food into 400g bags, which we then heat sealed, labeled, and packed into cardboard boxes for shipping. In two hours time we packed 50 boxes each containing 36 bags of food. (Each bag is enough for 6 meals.) In two hours, we packed 10,800 meals which can provide one meal a day for 30 children over the course of a year. Not bad for a couple hours of work on Monday afternoon. Aidan loved the work. FMSC is one of the few places it seems in the area that welcomes the help of even small children. I suppose there is something special about children feeding children. We are definitely going back–hopefully with even more helping hands.

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