Feed The Need

Feeding the hungry.

That’s the goal of Feed the Need, a MobilePack Event for Feed My Starving Children, held at Good Shephard Lutheran Church.

Feed My Starving Children is a national organization that aims to feed starving children in body and spirit around the world.

The MobilePack brings together Naperville churches and residents to volunteer just as they would at the permanent Aurora site of Feed My Starving Children, but in a mobile location.

“Volunteers spend two hours of their time with us where we teach them about our organization, what they’re packing, how to pack it, and we send them into the packing room to pack the food,” said Michelle Henn, Supervisor of the MobilePack.

2014 marks the third year of the weekend event and by getting the word out 2,500 residents have volunteered to help this weekend.

“We just thought, ‘by having 14 churches now this year come together we could multiply our efforts,’ said Pastor Gary Olson of Good Shepherd. “And now because of that we are able to do 500,000 meals for this pack, which takes us over the one million-meal mark.”

Feed My Starving Children brings the packing items and Feed the Need provides funding and manpower to pack meals to be sent to hunger stricken parts of the globe.

The volunteers work to produce MannaPack Rice bags, which include rice, soy, vitamins, and veggies. One bag equals six meals. Over the weekend, Feed the Need is hoping to feed almost 1,500 kids a meal a day for a year.

“It’s helping the needy kids and it’s helping all the people who really need food. And it’s actually pretty fun doing it,” said Kristen who was volunteering with her mom.

During a MobilePack, volunteers have many jobs from filling and weighing bags, to sealing and packing bags, as well as putting on labels and constructing boxes.

Feed the Need, for many, is a family event. Mike Baker brought his three daughters along to volunteer with him.

“The kids love it because they realized how blessed they are and they can be a part of it. It’s not just like writing a check,” said Baker. “They get the ability to serve and help others.”

Everyone works together to make a difference one meal at a time.

“The community all comes together side by side to work locally for a global need. It’s a great opportunity,” explained Denise Gallina, the Chicagoland Development Advisor for Feed My Starving Children. “They’re using their hands and their hearts to pour love into these little sacks to get sent across the world to the people who need it the absolute most. Then they know they are loved. It’s just a beautiful model, it’s such a great thing.”

If Feed the Need hits their 2014 target, over the three years they will have fed more than 3,000 kids a meal a day for an entire year.

Even though all volunteer positions for the rest of the weekend are filled, you can still donate to help fund the meals. Visit feedtheneednaperville.org to learn more.

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