A few weeks ago my colleagues from UAB’s Office of Planning and Analysis, Judd, and I had the opportunity to package food to help feed starving children throughout the world. The organization that facilitates and plans this effort is called Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). The site where we volunteered was Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Shades Mountain offered its Christian Life Center gymnasium as a site for the mobile meal packing session.
One of my colleagues, Mary Beth, mentioned the opportunity to participate to us. The entire office eagerly agreed to volunteer. She told us that Feed My Starving Children “is an organization that uses volunteers to pack dry ingredients in such a way that they can be distributed to areas where there is no food and provide several nutritious meals. It is a fascinating project AND process that the Shades Mountain Baptist Church family loves being a part of.”
Here is a link that shows more of what FMSC is about. http://www.fmsc.org/page.aspx?pid=232.”
This year Shades Mountain Baptist doubled its level of participation and attempted to package over half a million meals. When the entire event was finished, Shades Mountain’s pastor announced that the FMSC goal had been exceeded and lots of great volunteers packed more than 545,000 meals over the several days of the MobilePack event. That is enough meals to feed 1,494 children for a year!!!
I’ve included a brief video about Feed My Starving Children.
I didn’t have my good camera with me that day; however, I did manage to capture the moment using my iPhone. After all, who would want to forget how we all looked in hairnets? We all had a great time and look forward to helping with FMSC again next year. Go FMSC! Go Shades Mountain Baptist! Go Office of Planning and Analysis! Whoop-whoop.
If you would like to volunteer for a MobilePack event click on the link below to see when Feed My Starving Children will be in your area.