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You may remember, back in October, several of Magic Beans’ board members volunteered at a mobile meal pack event in Fort Worth for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). FMSC was founded in 1987. Adults & children hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. And that’s just what we did. We packed approximately 171,072 meals in just a matter of a couple hours.
During this event, we met Emily Schmitz. Emily was one of the event coordinators and she works at FMSC in the twin cities. We spent about 15 minutes chatting about Magic Beans’ work in Haiti and different projects and their needs. I told her I really enjoyed being part of the ‘behind the scenes’ meal packing and was glad to see how they operated. We discussed Feeding Hope and how our most pressing need is funding for food and/or food donations. Serving over 3,000 meals per month is no small feat, especially for us because we work with such limited resources. At that point, Emily recommended we apply for assistance with FMSC.
Before the day was over, the application was sent to FMSC and we waited. The process involved some back & forth emailing, answering interview questions and diving a little deeper into Feeding Hope’s program & how we operate on a day to day basis. We were told we’d hear something soon. While I was in Haiti this week, we received an email from FMSC to let us know our application had been approved to receive assistance through their partner organization – Help for Haiti, located in Port-au-Prince.
We wanted to clarify exactly what that means for Feeding Hope. It means we’ll receive close to a pallet of pre-packed meals (rice) as well as an additional supply of potato packed meals. We’ll stay in close contact with FMSC and Help for Haiti to give them feedback and hopefully be approved for continued support. This food donation is a gift and we’re very grateful to FMSC for recognizing our great need for assistance! This, in no way, means our work is done as far as raising funds for food, salaries and other supplies & necessities at Feeding Hope.
While in Haiti this past week, we designed a program for Feeding Hope that we believe will appeal to every type of giver. We’re excited to share this program with you in the coming days as we get our website updated with all the details. Our work continues as we strive to feed Montrouis’ community members and we’re very appreciative to FMSC for helping us do that! More to come in the next couple days.