Jan 15, 2010

Praying for Haiti

Please be praying for the nation of Haiti and its peoples during this difficult time following the earthquake. Our partnering organization, Feed My Starving Children, is in need of volunteers this Sunday to help park meals for the people of Haiti. Please pass the word. Here is a News Release from Executive Director Mark Crea: 
Food-packing volunteers needed for Haiti relief


January 14, 2010-While millions of Haitians face the utter devastation of Tuesday's earthquake, people right here in Minnesota can make a difference in Haiti relief efforts.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a Twin Cities-based nonprofit, is calling all Minnesotans to donate time and funds for life-saving meals in the coming days and weeks.

FMSC needs thousands more volunteers in the next six weeks for its three food-packing sites in the Twin Cities (Coon Rapids, Eagan, Chanhassen). Daytime volunteers are especially needed. FMSC has also opened the following emergency shifts. Volunteers must call the sites to sign up.
Sunday, Jan. 17 (all sites): 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 24 (Coon Rapids and Chanhassen only): 2-4 p.m.
Site contact information and donation information is available at www.fmsc.org.

About Feed My Starving Children in Haiti
Twin Cities-based FMSC has worked with mission partners in Haiti for more than 10 years and currently holds close partnerships with nearly 200 Haiti-based programs. Several of these programs are already offering FMSC meals to victims of Tuesday's earthquake. One million meals are currently on the ground in Haiti, and immediate volunteer efforts will produce an additional three million meals for Haiti relief. FMSC will rely on local and national support to provide these meals. Haiti updates are available at www.fmsc.org/haitiearthquakeresponse.

FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand pack meals designed specially for starving children, and FMSC ships the meals to more than 60 countries around the world. Each meal costs only 17 cents to produce. For more information, visit www.fmsc.org.

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For media inquiries and to schedule an interview, contact:
Gwendolyn Cowle
Marketing Manager
Feed My Starving Children
Office phone: 763.951.7313
Mobile phone: 763.274.9050
Email: GCowle@fmsc.org

1 comment:

  1. While the call to feed God's starving children resonates with me as a Christian, I am concerned that efforts to fly in food from the U.S. will cause more harm than good.
    A much more helpful option is to purchase locally grown and sourced food and distribute that to the survivors of the earthquake. That way you will be strengthening the local economy and ensuring that local farmers are not flooded out of the market and hence unable to plant food for the next growing season.
    If foreign free food floods the local food market Haitian farmers will be unable to sell their produce which means the won't make a profit and being the subsistence farmers that they are, the won't be able to afford farm inputs such as fertilizers for the next crop. Which means six months from now we will need to send even more emergency food aid because there won't be local food stocks in the country.

    Its important to help, but its important to help in a way that is sustainable.

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