Crisis in the Philippines
For most of 2013, we have been stockpiling meals to provide a container (about 280K meals) to International Care Ministries (ICM) in the Philippines. With the recent natural disasters of an earthquake in October followed by a typhoon in November, they have asked us to expedite the shipment. We are working with Trinity English Lutheran church and the Kids Against Hunger network to gather the remaining meals needed to fill the container for shipment next week.
Our contact, Dan Owens from ICM, has stated that the task of helping those in need is difficult because of “the complication of communication, lack of electricity, constant heavy rain, bridges down and ports down. The barriers to help are really proving to be a challenge…. Life for so many is already tough here in the Philippines, a natural disaster just takes it to another level of basic human survival.”
Please pray and consider supporting ICM during this difficult time as they work around the clock to care for those affected, especially the poor. Click here to give directly to ICM on the ground in the Philippines. Read more from ICM here.
Pro Football Mini Camp Provides Service Opportunity to Middle School Youth
On May 18th, almost 200 middle school boys participated in a Kids Against Hunger packing event before getting on the field for their football camp. NFL veteran and Wayne High School graduate, Jason Baker, organizes the camp which he calls “a servant leadership training disguised as a football camp.” The kids had a great time teamed up in groups of 11 to pack meals and make a difference. In addition, they were able to have a voice in where the food will end up. Three choices were given: keep some food local, send to Haiti via Children’s Lifeline International, or send to the Philippines via International Care Ministries. The boys voted almost unanimously to send the food to Haiti. Our goal for the event was to allow them to have fun while making a difference and instill in them a sense of gratitude for the plenty we have here in America, even when it seems we don’t have that much.
Kohl's employees from northern Indiana gathered for a regional meeting in Fort Wayne. In addition to improving their skills and networking, they took time out of their busy day to give of themselves as well. Kohl's uses a grant program to encourage their employees to volunteer in the community. The Kohl's members were highly competitive and full of energy as they packed over 10,000 meals in only an hour. Thank you to all who participated!
Would you like to engage your employees or co-workers in a fun and meaningful team-building time? Please contact us to learn how you can spearhead a packing event at your work and help feed our future.