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Calhoun Companies gives back by serving at Feed My Starving Children (Chanhassen) packaging and boxing meals - In just 2-short hours they packed enough to feed 46 children for an entire year in Haiti.
Last December, 20 team members from Calhoun Companies joined others at the Chanhassen location of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to package and box meals to be shipped to hungry children around the world. In just 2-short hours they packed 16,848 meals - enough to feed 46 children for an entire year in Haiti, where the meals were being sent. In addition to the meals, Calhoun Companies also made a monetary donation that will enable FMSC to feed an additional 11 children for a year.
Co –owner, Andy Kocemba shares what inspired the volunteer experience, “We are blessed to live in this country, and feel it is our responsibility to share our blessings in a way that helps others. When we hear stories of children eating mud just to fill their stomachs, we know we have the ability to help bring an end to those horrible situations. Working with FMSC is an opportunity for the Calhoun team to be part of the solution.”
Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987 by a Minnesota businessman after he saw devastating hunger on a mission trip to Honduras. Their meals were designed by food scientists at Cargill and General Mills to meet the nutritional needs of a 4-to-8-year-old malnourished child. Each meal has 20 different vitamins and minerals that are specifically tailored to meet a child’s nutritional needs for one day.
Volunteers participate in groups and are assigned to different work stations, forming an assembly line scooping rice, vegetable mix, vitamin mix, and soy protein into one bag. The bags are then weighed and handed off to be heat sealed. When enough bags are sealed, they are boxed and labeled by another set of team members, before being moved to the warehouse.
“Our team had a great time, and was blown away by the impact we had. Many were there for the first time, and were touched by the incredible needs around the world, as well as by the ways we were able to make a lasting difference.” Andy shared.
For more information about how to contribute to or participate as a volunteer with Feed My Starving Children visit www.fmsc.org.