Feed My Starving Children featured in TV documentary

Coon Rapids-based Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has teamed up with tpt to produce an hour-long documentary scheduled to run both on its statewide and metro channels in mid February.

The new public TV documentary, “Nourish Hope: Progress Starts with Food” will premiere on tpt’s statewide Minnesota Channel (tpt MN) Feb. 10 and 17 and on tpt’s metro-area channel (tpt LIFE) Feb. 17.

“Nourish Hope: Progress Starts with Food” is based in part on findings by 65 global economists (the 2012 Copenhagen Consensus) that every $1 invested in reversing malnutrition early in childhood yields $30 worth of benefits in a developing nation.

The documentary features Dr. Peter Orazem, an Iowa State University economist whose research drove the Consensus recommendation that “fighting malnutrition should be the top priority for policy-makers and philanthropists.”

The host of “Nourish Hope” is former “Dateline” NBC journalist Dr. Bob Arnot, who traveled with Feed My Starving Children to Kikuyu, Kenya, to see how MannaPack™ Rice sustains resource-strapped orphanages and schools.

Through video exchanges, Arnot also brings to life a strong connection between Minnesota teens, who have funded and packed MannaPack meals, and children in Kenya who receive them.

Additional footage from Haiti shows FMSC’s new MannaPack™ Potato-D saving lives in a cholera camp and its Potato-W formula working in a malnutrition treatment center for infants.

The documentary also features two food scientists – Dr. Richard Fulmer, retired vice president of the Central Research Lab at Cargill, who developed FMSC’s original MannaPack™ Rice formula, and Cade Fields Gardner, who developed FMSC’s potato-based formulas.

“We’ve long known our meals not only save lives, but actually create futures for children and communities,” said FMSC Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Mark Crea.

“This documentary grounds our experience in economic research, while bringing to life the extraordinary connection between our volunteer meal-packers and the children they serve.”

“Nourish Hope: Progress Starts with Food” has been funded, in part, by the General Mills Foundation and by Modus Advisors.

Based in St. Paul, tpt is one of the highest rated PBS affiliates in the nation, reaching over 1.3 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels.

A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritionally complete meals to nearly 70 countries, where the food is used by mission and humanitarian organizations to operate orphanages, schools, clinics, feeding programs and other building blocks of healthy communities.

Last year FMSC produced 133 million meals, maintained its seventh consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator and spent 92 percent of total donations directly on feeding the hungry.