Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization established in 1987, devoted to providing lifesaving, nutritionally balanced meals to children across the globe.
Over the years, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has devised an efficient, volunteer-based approach to fighting hunger, with meal production occurring at multiple sites across the United States.
The Phoenix branch of FMSC has emerged as a dynamic volunteer center, significantly contributing to the aid of children in need both locally and internationally. With an unwavering dedication to its mission, the branch has successfully mobilized the local community, businesses, schools, and faith-based organizations to support this vital cause.
“At EAPC, we recognize that volunteering and engaging in community work are essential building blocks for vibrant, thriving communities. Just as our designs shape the physical landscape, our collective efforts to support and care for the wellbeing of one another shape the emotional and social fabric of our region,” explained EAPC Electrical Engineer/Office Manager, Eli Valdez.
During Volunteer Week, the Phoenix branch of FMSC experiences an astounding surge of assistance from the local community. Individuals from diverse backgrounds unite for a single purpose – to help feed starving children. This week offers an ideal chance for families, friends, and colleagues to come together and create a meaningful impact. The EAPC-Phoenix team recently brought a team of staff members to be part of this impact.
“It’s a very humbling and meaningful experience to participate in volunteer work. Bringing our EAPC team together to be a little part of something so big…the feeling you get is kind of hard to describe, but those who have volunteered know what I’m talking about. I am proud of EAPC leadership for recognizing the importance of providing this type of impact for children around the world, and I can’t wait to join my fellow team members in future volunteer activities,” said EAPC Director of Marketing Lori Bakken
Throughout Volunteer Week, FMSC volunteers participate in various activities, including:
- Meal Packing Events: Volunteers collaborate in teams to assemble nutritious meal packs, specifically designed to deliver vital nutrients to undernourished children. These events are enjoyable and interactive, offering a chance to learn about the global hunger crisis. The EAPC Phoenix team’s efforts at FMSC resulted in 257 meals.
- Fundraising Initiatives: Participants assist in raising funds to cover meal costs and distribution to FMSC’s international partners. Local businesses often contribute by sponsoring meal-packing events or donating a portion of their sales during Volunteer Week.
- Educational Programs: FMSC offers educational resources and presentations regarding the impact of their work and the broader issues of global hunger. These programs inspire and empower volunteers to become advocates for the cause.
- Community Building: Volunteer Week serves as an exceptional platform for fostering connections and fortifying the community. Through shared experiences, participants forge enduring bonds while working towards a shared objective
“Fifty percent of our office’s business is in the healthcare sector, so engaging with organizations such as FMSC who care for the wellbeing of our children is not only a natural fit but also a deeply rewarding experience for our team,” said Valdez. “We believe that by partnering with like-minded organizations, we can make a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable children and contribute positively to the overall health of our communities.”
The Phoenix branch of Feeding My Starving Children plays a crucial role in the organization’s mission to eliminate hunger. Every meal packed and each dollar raised significantly contributes to providing hope and nourishment to children in need. Their unwavering commitment during Volunteer Week has facilitated the shipment of thousands of meals to countries like Haiti, Uganda, and the Philippines, where partnering organizations distribute them to those most in need. The meals packed by the EAPC Phoenix team were shipped to Nicaragua through Outreach Aid to the Americas and LeSEA Global Feed the Hungry.
This branch exemplifies the powerful impact that communities can have when they unite for a common cause. If you reside in the Phoenix area and wish to join this incredible effort, consider participating in the FMSC family during Volunteer Week or any time throughout the year. Your time and energy can help offer a hungry child an opportunity for a brighter future.