According to Gneiser, the 2012 goal for the organization is to provide a total of 153 million meals. That includes the 45 million food packs from the mobile sites, as well as more than double that amount from FMSC’s permanent packing sites. He went to Haiti earlier this year with other organization staff members. They wanted to check in with a few of their partners, like the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission.
“We wanted to see the programs they were running, and how our food was being used. This food is getting to places that no one else is reaching,” said Gneiser. “We deliver food to people living in 9 x 9 houses in narrow alleyways. It’s literally keeping people alive. It sounds so cliche, but it truly happening.”
A single bag of food costs $1.32 to produce six full meals. According to the FMSC web site, there are four ways to support their mission. 1) Pray for the millions of starving children around the world; 2) Volunteer to package food; and 3) Donate online (just 22 cents pays for one meal); and 4) Purchase merchandise from their online marketplace. Ninety-two percent of all donations to FMSC goes directly toward the food program.
Donations can be sent online, or mailed directly to: 401 93rd Avenue Northwest, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. For more information about this FMSC MobilePack, email Baranski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apex is a community of house churches, and Baranski is a 7-year member of the Banyon house church in Beavercreek led by Robert Shepard.
“We’ll need 500 volunteers altogether. We already have volunteers from our Apex Xenia location, Cedarville University, and the University of Dayton,” said Baranski. “Kids as young as six years old can volunteer, as long as an adult is with them.”
FMSC celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The charity believes that every child has the right to nutritious meals. The personal story of a little girl is featured on the Christian non-profit’s web site. Three-year-old Marilyn, at a mere 14 pounds, was near death from starvation and tuberculosis. After several months of MannaPack meals, she weighed a healthy 33 pounds.