Frequently Asked Questions:
When is this year’s MobilePack™ for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)?
Our 2019 event will be held from November 14th through the 17th.
Where will the meals be packed?
The Suter Company, 1015 West Bethany Rd., Sycamore,IL, next to the DeKalb County Farm Bureau.
Where do the meals get distributed?
FMSC is a need-driven organization that works through mission partners in about 70 countries around the world. The meals go where the need is greatest at the time of the MobilePack™ event. In previous years, our meals have gone to Haiti, the Philippines, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic.
How many meals will be packed?
Our goal for 2019 is to pack at least 1,500,000 meals! But for that to happen we must meet our fundraising goal of $330,000. If we raise more money – it means we can pack more meals and save more kids! Let’s make a million!
How many volunteers are needed?
To meet our goal, we will need over 5,500 volunteers over the course of the four day event. The event is supported by trained FMSC staff, but all of the meals will be packed by volunteers working in two hour shifts.
How old do you need to be to volunteer?
We welcome all helpful and capable volunteers over age five. Please review the guidelines at www.fmsc.org for adult supervision guidelines of young volunteers.
How much money has to be raised, and how can I donate?
Each meal costs 22 cents so in order for us to pack 1,500,000 meals we must raise $330,000. No donation is too small. In addition to making a donation by check, cash or credit card, you can support this year’s event by buying a t-shirt, a cash raffle ticket and buying one of the many “marketplace” items that will be on display at the event.
How much of my donation goes to the food?
92% of the total donations go directly to the food program. 8% goes to fundraising, administration, and overhead combined. FMSC has received the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator for over a decade.
How long has FMSC been in existence?
FMSC is a Christian 501c(3) non-profit organization founded in 1987 by a Minnesota businessman after he witnessed devastating hunger and starvation on a mission trip to Honduras. The first shipment of the current formula was shipped in 1991 and since that time more than ONE BILLION meals have been distributed to nearly 70 countries around the globe.
Has FMSC ever lost a shipment of food?
Since their inception, 99.6% of all FMSC meals have safely reached their destination and helped children in need. Before every shipment leaves the warehouse, a prayer is said over the meals asking God’s protection.
Do you have to be a Christian to pack the meals?
No. We welcome people of every faith to participate in our life-giving mission.
Can the hunger problem ever by solved?
Yes. There is currently enough food in the world to feed everyone. The model FMSC has created works and progress is being made. According to UNICEF, in the last 10 years the number of children dying each day from starvation and related causes has decreased from 18,000 per day to 6,200 per day. We believe that with many people working together we can continue this progress and someday virtually eliminate starvation on a world-wide basis.
What makes FMSC food so special for a malnourished child?
FMSC food was designed by food scientists at Cargill and General Mills to meet the nutritional needs of severely malnourished children. Each meal has 20 different vitamins and minerals that are specifically tailored to meet a child’s nutritional needs for one day.