One way you can help volunteer for missions is to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children with your church, youth group or volunteer as a family and help end extreme poverty.
The approach at Feed My Starving Children is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals designed specially for starving children, and FMSC ships the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world that partner agencies then distribute in the community or use to feed children. In 2014, FMSC produced more than 229,000,000 meals thanks to the work of nearly 900,000 volunteers. In October, 2014 FMSC reached 1 billion meals packed since their inception, and shipped to the needy around the world.
Five times a day, six days a week, on two hour shifts, volunteers like you and I have fun and make a difference in the world volunteering with Feed My Starving Children.
How these FMSC meals are changing the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgm8fNh86Vk
Our experience volunteering with Feed My Starving Children:
We have now volunteered with Feed My Starving Children with our family, and also volunteered with our church multiple times, and I thought you might like to hear our experience volunteering for missions with them. but first a little bit about FMSC:
Feed my Starving Children has seven permanent volunteer locations in Coon Rapids, MN, Chanhassen, MN, Eagan, MN, Aurora, IL, Libertyville, IL, Schaumburg, IL and in Mesa, AZ.
They also has mobile packing events around the country (See the upcoming locations and dates here: http://www.fmsc.org/mobilepack/events).
The registration and sign-up forms to volunteer are online and easy to understand/use. When arriving at their site, there are multiple, easy-to-use sign-in kiosks. Then you don a disposable plastic hair cover (think ‘shower cap’), and are introduced to FMSC by a great (usually younger) staff member. I cannot say enough about the wonderful staff we have met that work for FMSC. Each time they have been so upbeat, so caring, and so well-trained that it is a joy and pleasure to see them again and again each time we go volunteer.
They quickly introduce FMSC and show two short videos that describe what volunteers will do once going into the warehouse. They also remind people to remove loose jewelry, wash their hands, etc.
Some volunteers are needed to resupply each station, others label boxes, and the rest work at stations like in the videos below, either scooping food, weighing bags, sealing bags or packing the bags of food into boxes.
Here’s a really noisy video (glad it’s not always THAT loud!) showing the packing stations and roles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGNzatmhlLY
Each warehouse station “competes” with the others by yelling out completed/full boxes. Music and encouragement from staff, and one another, makes filling the bags fun and makes the time fly by.
I think our personal best is around 17 boxes for our station, but we have smaller kids helping to so maybe you’ll crush our record. Who knows?
It’s all for an important, fun cause regardless of whether you go with a dorm room, your family, a youth group, a Sunday school class, a team from work, a Bible study or home group, or some other group of people (or even just go on your own!), you are guaranteed to have a fun, meaningful time when volunteering with Feed My Starving Children.
Lastly, they will ask you at the end, to consider giving money to help pay for the food you packed (So others will have food to pack.) This is a low-key “ask,” so you won’t feel guilty if you don’t give, and they make sure to thank you for volunteering regardless, but it is also a good opportunity if you know about it now, to possibly plan to take up a collection, let those coming know to bring something extra to offer, or even plan a fundraiser before your packing event date. They also will give each two-hour shift an opportunity to pray over the food that you packed before you leave. They will ask if anyone would like to do so, and it isn’t a long or awkward time. Some people are always in a rush to leave, so you should not feel pressured to participate in prayer if you, or some people you bring, do not wish to participate it that part of the event.
Since Feed My Starving Children is nearby (they just moved from Tempe to Mesa in Arizona), we have always volunteered at one of their seven locations, but they also have a traveling mobile packing program. (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ech5XOryipM)
For more information on FMSC, please visit http://www.fmsc.org.
Here is how food from FMSC helped during the ebola crisis in West Africa:
You can also follow FMSC on social media: