Feeding those in need

For two days recently, hundreds of eager volunteers packed more than 140,000 meals for malnourished kids in the developing world. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), volunteers from the Short Pump area scooped, bagged, weighed, sealed and boxed life-saving fortified rice and soy protein meals at Gayton Baptist Church.

The 387-gram “Manna Pack Rice” packs were shipped to the FMSC warehouse to be distributed to countries where children are malnourished or simply do not have enough food to survive. Those packed last year, Mission Pastor and event coordinator Aaron Lee said, supported an orphanage and a children feeding initiatives in Haiti.

"This volunteer meal packing action has already generated hundreds of thousands of life-saving meals in the three years since it was initiated by a member of the Gayton Baptist Church," Senior pastor Phillip Faig explained. More than 750 volunteers helped pack the meals.

The destination of this year’s large number of packed meals will be determined by FMSC within the next three weeks, when the packs will be shipped out to those who need them most. Each meal costs only $0.22 to produce, and this year’s MobilePack effort is the beneficiary of Gayton’s annual Jazz Nativity shows. Proceeds from December’s Jazz Nativity shows raised more than $29,000 in support of this packing effort.

Above, Lauren Scalia of the Daisy Girl Scout Troop 5087 assists with the effort, while (below) other members of the troop pitch in.


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