MobilePack: Food-boxing event benefiting starving children needs volunteers

October, 2018 Posted in Community, Food And Drink, News, Other

By Mary Owen

For the second year, MobilePack volunteers will help turn hunger into hope.

“We are again partnering with Feed My Starving Children to pack meals of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and nutritionally balanced vitamins and minerals,” said Kelly Fields, Stayton High School business teacher and the local volunteer event coordinator. “FMSC provides the supplies and the community provides the funds and manpower.”

Last year, 1,149 people packed 215,352 meals that fed 590 in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, Fields said.

“Our generous community also donated $44,479 to make it happen,” she added.

Fields started the Stayton project after participating in a MobilePack event in Medford in the fall of 2016
at the invitation of her daughter, Meghan, who works for FMSC.

“I was immediately impressed with the idea that our community could do the same,” she said. “Finally in February of 2017, I succumbed to God’s leading and agreed to organize a MobilePack. It was a huge blessing to see the community rise to the occasion by donating both the finances and manpower to make the MobilePack a success.”

Volunteers, age 5 and above, can sign up for two-hour shifts on Oct. 26-27 at Stayton High School. Spots are filling up to help fill the packs, with Regis and Stayton High packing during the school day on Friday. The first community shift will be from 6 to 8 p.m., with 156 spots available that evening. Saturday shifts are 9-11 a.m. with 56 spots available, noon- 2 p.m. with 170 spots available, and 3-6 p.m. with 186 spots available. 

“There are also opportunities to help with set-up on Thursday evening and clean-up on Saturday,” Fields said. “People in the Santiam Canyon love the event! Friends who travel to Haiti on mission trips have seen the food in warehouses ready to ship to starving children in Haiti.”

The MobilePack project is funded by local businesses and individuals. Several businesses have donated $1,800 for a pallet of food slated to feed 22 children for a year, Fields said.

Businesses or individuals who have made or committed to pallet donations are:  Power Chevrolet, Siegmund Excavation & Construction, Summit Cleaning & Restoration, Tyler and Deana Freres, True Private Wealth Advisors, Larry Etzel, Capital Pawn, Croff Construction, CW Specialty Lumber, Stayton Veterinary Hospital, Stayton Builders Mart, and Doty Pruett Wilson PC.

“We need $44,478 to pack 200,000 meals,” Fields said. “We encourage volunteers to take the team challenge which is to form a team of 15 to 17 people and raise $500 or more to contribute to the MobilePack.”

To donate or volunteer, go to www.give.fmsc.org/santiamcanyon. Make checks out to FMSC and send with MobilePack #1810-142ME in the memo line to: FMSC, 401 93rd Ave. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433.”

For information, e-mail santiamcanyonmobilepack@gmail.com or visit the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack, Santiam Canyon, Facebook page.

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