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Feed My Starving Children Recap

    On April 28th, 2007 23 members of the PSAA MN chapter participated in our first service event of the year at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Chanhassen. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian-based organization that packs nutritious, shelf-stable meals in the US then ships them all over the world in an attempt to help fight hunger. The meals are a combination of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and vegetarian-based chicken flavored vitamin and mineral supplements. Feed My Starving Children relies solely on donations of both money and time in order to carry out their mission.

    The morning started when we watched a short video that showed the dire conditions many children are forced to live in, and the good that can come from these nutritious meals. After the video, everyone moved into the actual "meal packing" rooms where there were several stations set up to create packaged meals. After scrubbing up thoroughly and donning oh so stylish hairnets and aprons, PSAA MN members worked in teams for just over an hour, packaging meals.

    After the meal packing was over, everyone pitched in to make short work of the clean up effort, then gathered again to meet with Feed My Starving Children leaders who had cooked up some of the food for us to all sample, which tasted like a bland Rice-a-Roni. We were then told how many meals we had helped pack 7,776 meals that morning!

    At the end of the day, we were presented with this nice certificate (PDF file) as a thank you for our work for the day.

    Everyone who participated really seemed to enjoy what they were doing, and it was great because we did have some alumni offspring along who enjoyed being a part of the activity as well. Due to the positive feedback from this first outing, the PSAA MN board has agreed to make a monetary donation to Feed My Starving Children, and we plan to try and pack meals again in the fall and the winter. For those of you who participated the first time, we hope to see you back. For those of you who haven't, we'd love to have you! Its a small time commitment for such a huge impact.