"He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry."
Every year, millions of children die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and undernutrition. Hunger is still causing nearly half of deaths in children under 5 years old. From this data, we estimate at least 6,200 children die each day from causes related to undernutrition. This is heartbreaking.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Christian nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development.
Late Minnesota businessman Richard Proudfit was challenged by needs he saw while on a mission trip to Honduras in 1982. His heart was moved, “If you’ve seen my starving children, feed them.”
Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987 and began working to develop an effective and nutritious meal formula. The process is simple. Donations given by people just like you fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!
FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Nutrition allows children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential.
Volunteers were recruited to help pack meals for FMSC’s first major shipment of MannaPack Rice to a pediatric hospital in Rwanda, Africa, via FMSC partner Operation Blessing. Meals were then sent to Haiti via Mercy Ships, then to Belarus and Paraguay. FMSC food has reached more than 70 countries through hundreds of food distribution partners.
FMSC's mission – Feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit.
For many years, FMSC struggled to produce 2-3 million meals a year. The founder left the organization in 1998 to start a different charity. In December 2003, the board rededicated FMSC to Christ and hired current Executive Director/CEO Mark Crea in April 2004. Prayer became a priority every day. Support increased dramatically.
1994 – 2,409 volunteers packed 400,000 meals
2017 – More than 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million mealsore than 99% of meals have arrived safely.
Thank you St. Luke’s and especial Craig Brandt and Kim Gaslin for your ongoing commitment to FMSC. You will hear more from Craig on Sunday as we continue our Sermon Series: A Summer of Missions.