While government was on holiday for President’s Day Feb. 18, Sen. Al Franken made his way to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) headquarters in Coon Rapids.
FMSC executive director/CEO Mark Crea led the senator on a tour of the facility, then sat down with Franken and described to him the history and origin of the non-profit organization, the distribution of food packages to the world’s hungry and the funding it takes to make it possible.
The visit, Franken said, was intended to give him a chance to see the operations, talk with Crea and “see if there’s any way I can be of help.”
What Franken learned is that the FMSC model works so well that “he (Crea) might more be a help to us (the state department).”
After touring the facility and talking with Crea, Franken – hair net in place and gloves on his hands – helped pack a few dozen MannaPacks.
“I had a great time. I thought it was great to see all those young people there doing something really good,” the senator said, adding that he sees FMSC as “a great model for the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) around the country.”
FMSC, a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding the hungry, follows a simple approach to accomplish that: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Those meals are then shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.
Food scientists developed the all-vegetarian MannaPack meals to quickly reverse and prevent malnutrition. A formula of 20 vitamins and minerals is bagged with dried vegetables, soy protein and rice.
According to FMSC literature, each day the organization produces enough food for 420,000 children, each meal costing less than 25 cents to make. This year more than 600,000 volunteers will package and ship 162 million meals.
“This is another example of how Minnesotans are good people – as most Americans are – but also that we are innovative and get things done,” Franken said.
“This is something that’s great for everyone… something that’s good for the soul.”
To learn more about Feed My Starving Children, to make a donation or to volunteer, visit www.FMSC.org.
Sue Austreng is at firstname.lastname@example.org