(Originally posted on GrantCOnnected.net’s website on November 9, 2014)
Sports teams, organizations and families in the Marion area came together Saturday to help children in need.
The event was sponsored through Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization, and 800 people showed up and packaged around 116,000 boxes.
The event, which took place at Lakeview Wesleyan Church, was considered a “mobile pack event,” as the community partnered with Feed My Starving Children to be able to package meals for kids and families around the world who are not able to get proper meals.
“[The community] has raised the money here and coordinated everything for [Feed My Starving Children staff] to be here and help for that volunteer experience,” Abby Burkhart, event leader for Feed My Starving Children, said.
The food packed in the bags contains four ingredients: vitamins and minerals to blend together to taste like “chicken flavoring, potatoes and carrots, soy protein and rice.” The meal is “completely vegan, and designed to be as accessible as possible,” according to Burkhart.
This was the first time Lakeview Wesleyan Church hosted this event and more volunteers signed up than they were expecting.
“We had more people than I think were expected and the [first session] was really full,” Burkhard said. “And they packed a lot of meals which is really good.”
Angela Herrington, founder of Broken Beautiful Bold ministries, volunteered at the event along with her family and she said it was a great way to serve together.
“It is really hard sometimes as a family to find ways that you can serve together,” Herrington said. “There’s lots of projects in the community but sometimes they’re geared more towards the grown-up or more towards the middle schoolers so this is really an amazing opportunity for families to come together and serve.”