On August 3rd, 2016 Urban Design Associates teamed up with Facing America to help the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) organization; a non-profit whose mission, for the past 35 years, is to “provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials”. They distribute nutrient-dense, soy, and rice-based packages to starving children around the world. With careful diligence, 91% of all proceeds go straight to the children and families in need. A large number of their workforce 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. Click here if you would like to visit their website for more information.
Even though UDA worked with FMSC in the past, this was my first experience volunteering with this particular organization. When I first entered the building, the atmosphere was charged with warm, caring energy to help the “Feed My Starving 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 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 products, heat sealing for secure transportation, and packaging. After everyone decided on their positions, that was when the fun began. The FMSC team leaders kept a 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 rundown of all their hard work. UDA and Facings America packaged 141 boxes, which means we helped prepare 30,456 meals for starving children. 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 FMSC organization and lend them your support however you can; it is a wonderful experience for a fantastic cause.
Feed My Starving Children
Mesa Fiesta Power Center (1345 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ)