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Volunteers at their stations for Feed My Starving Children

Volunteers at their stations for Feed My Starving Children

Traci Templeton

Traci Templeton

Volunteers at their stations for Feed My Starving Children

Emily Pennell, Author

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      Feed My Starving Children is an organization at a warehouse in Mesa that gives volunteers the opportunity to put together bags of nutritious food for starving families across the world.

Inside the front room a hundred other strangers are putting on hair nets. There are leaders that talked about the organization and how it works then they proceeded to give instructions on how to pack the food.

      In groups we are to pack bags of rice (as the filler), with soy, vitamins, and vegetables. It is set up in stations with about 13 people at each station. There are six people known as “scoopers” whose job is to scoop the ingredients into the bag by pouring it into a funnel. Then there are two “baggers” who open these sealable bags and hold them under the funnel. They then pass the full bags to one of the two “sealers” who use a device to seal the bags. After that they pass it to the “boxer” who boxes the bags. Once the box is full that team yells a little chant. After a table would yell their chant everyone would cheer. There was another group, the “runners”, who would restock the ingredients when a team was running low.

One of the sealers, PV freshman Josie Piper, said, “It was not a big job but it was an important step in the process of helping people get food”. She continued to talk about how this experience was effective stating, “You realize how fortunate you are because there are so many people who rely on these organizations and it opens your eyes to how much you really have and how privileged you are”.

After we were done we went back to the common area where they told us how many boxes we packed. Our total was 142 boxes which means we fed 81 people in Thailand for an entire year. Only two hours of our time significantly impacted many families. It is great to get out there and give back by volunteering.

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