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Can we pack 3 million meals in one week? That was the question that launched the largest single-site meal packing event in the history of Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). It was a God–sized vision that took 20 partner congregations, over 14,000 volunteers, three forklifts, 19 packing shifts and more hairnets then we can count. And it happened in less than a year of planning.
2014. The tangible goal of the first South Metro Meal Packing, was packing and providing 3 million meals to hungry children around the world. But the truth is, that was only the beginning. By reaching out with God’s love, we also hoped to build stronger communities and relationships among all our faith communities. By serving together, side by side, regardless of denomination.
2015. We took the energy and momentum from that first pack and with a with desire to recreate the event and build on the compassion and community that pulled together for a common goal – a BIG common goal. We were able to use a warehouse space in the back of shopjimmy.com for an amazing week of packing and smiling and serving and sharing. Not hitting the 3 million meal goal didn’t deter enthusiasm and energy, and at the end of the week more than 2.5 million meals were packed for kids and families in need around the world.
2016. With the addition of several more partner churches and the momentum of previous years, along with the use of the formally Rainbow Foods store in Apple Valley we shot for 4 million meals. And after 46 hours of packing, 24 shifts, 18,500 volunteers and one massive snowstorm…..we did it…over 4million meals packed for kids and families in need.
2017.We returned to the former Rainbow foods in Apple Valley, MN for a week of packing meals for those in need. It was a blessing to be in a place we knew so well. After a wonderful spirit-filled week of packing we shipped just over 3 million meals to families and kids in need around the world
2018. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church stepped in and offered space on multiple levels to pack over 2 million meals this week. During the event the total meal count for this South Metro Meal Pack passed 15,000,000 meals for those in need. This has become the February event for many congregations, school groups, community teams and others. It also contained the famous box chute