On August 3rd, 2016 Urban Design Associates teamed up with Facing America to help the Feed the Children Organization; a non-profit whose mission, for the past 35 years, is to “provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials”. One of the services they provide distributes nutrient dense, soy and rice based packages that are delivered to starving children around the world. With careful diligence, 91% of all proceeds go straight to the children and families in need, and a large number of their work force is volunteer based.
The Feed My Starving Children center is located at the Mesa Fiesta Power Center (1345 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ; 480.626.1970). They manage volunteer shifts that start approximately from 9:30 am – 10:00 pm, six days out of the week.
Even though Urban Design Associate had worked with Feed the Children in the past, this was my first experience volunteering with this particular organization. When I first entered the building, the atmosphere was charged with a warm, caring energy to help “The Feed My Children” cause. They took great care to educate the volunteers on policy and procedure before the work began, and they also gave out stylish hairnets!
After orientation and a good hand-washing, volunteers split into lighthearted competitive stations. Filling the room with upbeat music, each station had people scooping supplements and food, weighing accurately to track product, heat sealing for secure transportation, and packaging. After everyone decided on their positions, that was when the fun began. Feed the Children team leaders kept an lively attitude, and each station worked together to try and package as many boxes as possible within an hour time frame. By the end of the shift, you are hot, sweaty and filled with a sense of accomplishment.
The volunteers are asked to stay for a run down of all their hard work. Urban Design Associates and Facings America packaged 141 boxes, which means we helped prepare 30,456 meals for starving children. We were informed that we fed 83 kids for a whole year!
1 in 5 children faces hunger in America, and 1 in 4 children around the world suffers from chronic malnutrition. Help make a difference and contact the Feed the Children organization and lend them your support however you can; it is wonderful experience for a fantastic cause.
Feed My Starving Children
Mesa Fiesta Power Center (1345 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ)