NBC26 Cares: Feed My Starving Children
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Appleton, WI -- An army of volunteers in the Fox Valley is fighting hunger half a world away. Now, they're asking for your help to save more children from starvation.
They are some of the world's poorest children. Once malnourished, they're now healthy and thriving, thanks in part to the generosity of Northeast Wisconsin.
"You know it's breathtaking. It's inspiring," said Pastor Aaron Rosenau of Faith Lutheran Church.
Pastor Rosenau has been instrumental in growing the Feed My Starving Children Fox Cities Mobile Pack event in Appleton. In July, 2,500 volunteers spent three days at two sites assembling nutritious meals to ship to impoverished areas in Liberia and Haiti.
"We did a total of 536,000 meals, so we went over our goal and that feeds over 2,000 kids for an entire year."
Combating hunger is a collaborative effort between fifteen local churches, the Appleton Area School District plus individual and business sponsors. For Barb Carpenter, it's a family affair with her husband and three children packing meals.
"It was great that my 5-year-old at the time could actually help and do something. He learned so much from it you know that he's helping somebody else out even though he doesn't know who it's going to. Knowing that he's giving back was just phenomenal," said Carpenter.
Now, there's a call for more community support to reach a new goal of 750,000 meals next year. At 22 cents per meal, Pastor Rosenau says the effort to raise $165,000 has to start now.
"In order to spread that out, and we're not trying to do that in the last month where it becomes overwhelming and we think can we even do this?" he said.
Carpenter is answering the call for help by organizing a special fundraiser at Stevi B's Pizza Buffet where she works. On September 22nd, 10% of the sales at both Appleton locations will support the Fox Cities Mobile Pack event.
Carpenter says, "We're trying to give back to the community, that's what Stevi B's is all about."
"And I know people will come out, they'll be supportive and very generous," added Pastor Rosenau.
Our community, joining together to fight hunger overseas and bring joy to everyone involved.