Hunger is a huge problem

Volunteers packing meals for Feed My Starving Children help make a dent in the need

Hunger is a huge problem in many places around the world. The impact of an inadequate diet is especially great for children. With that in mind, Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit Christian organization, coordinates an effort to get food to people in need.

Last Saturday, about 400 volunteers gathered at the Community Christian School gym in Fort Dodge to pack 108,864 meals to be given to underfed children worldwide. Prior to that a successful fundraising drive raised about $30,000 to finance the project. These dedicated area residents formed mini assembly lines, putting the food into bags, which were then loaded into boxes that will be sent to a yet-to-be-determined country to help feed children who need it.

Businesses, church groups and individuals all came together to help pack the meals during the event organized by Crossway Church. Some groups came up with chants they shouted after they packed enough meals to fill a box. Others wore shirts that represented their teams. People from 5-years-old to senior citizens filled bags, weighed and sealed them, packed the boxes, made the labels and then loaded the boxes onto a cart that will eventually be loaded onto a truck, beginning the food’s journey to its final destination. This is the fourth year this event has taken place locally.

The Messenger applauds this superb charitable undertaking. It speaks well of our community that so many people found the time in busy holiday schedules to help make this worthy project succeed.