NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Players and coach from the Carleton College women’s basketball program packaged 22,860 meals during their recent two-hour stint volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, a Christian nonprofit organization that provides nutritionally complete meals for starving, malnourished and hungry people in nearly 70 countries.
Carleton head coach Cassie Kosiba said that the Knights, along with other volunteers participating in the meal-packing program, assembled enough meals to feed 62 children for a full year.
The team split up to cover two different stations, each working to package meals. One individual would set up and hold the bag while team members scooped the ingredients—rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, and chicken seasoning & vitamins—into the container. While that bag was weighed to ensure the each MannaPack held between 380-400 grams of the nutritionally-complete mix, another member of the Knights was already setting up the next container to be filled, weighed, sealed, and packed into the boxes.
“We made packaging meals a competition,” explained senior Cassie Mullen, “which added a fun element to an already rewarding experience."
The Knights collected donations during the week leading up to the packaging event and immediately saw how those contributions were put to use. The prepackaged dry meals—costing less than a quarter each to make—are funded and assembled by donor-volunteers in the United States.
“The reason doing Feed My Starving Children with the team was such a success was because we were able to support the food we packed,” said first-year Gabbi Stienstra. “As a team we raised over $750 to go towards the MannaPacks that will be shipped across the world.”
For more information on Feed My Starving Children visit www.fmsc.org