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Grand Forks 'Feed My Starving Children' project provided 280,000 meals, organizers say

About 1200 volunteers packed food for hungry children in Haiti and Honduras

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GRAND FORKS – Volunteers for the Feed My Starving Children food-packing project in March packaged food for 280,000 meals for hungry children in Haiti and Honduras, Bruce and Jodie Storhaug, co-chairs of the humanitarian effort, said in a news release.   

The meals will feed 768 kids for a year, they said. The Storhaugs reported these results recently at a regional meeting of the “Feed My Starving Children” committee.

The volunteers, representing businesses, schools and 50 area churches, packed the meals March 25-26 at the Minnkota Power Cooperative building. The food was packed by 1,200 volunteers — most of whom were younger than 18.

The meals were sent to locations where there is the greatest need and distributed by Christian organizations that are equipped to handle food distribution, Jodie Storhaug said.

The cost for the meal ingredients was $67,000, she said.

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Over the past 11 years, area churches, assisted by businesses and schools, have raised $935,000 to pack 4.16 million meals for hungry children. At 24 cents per meal, Feed My Starving Children is one of the most effective organizations for feeding children, she said. Costs are minimized by using an all-volunteer workforce and raising local funds.

“It has been an absolute privilege to partner with this and surrounding communities, giving so many opportunities to serve side by side with other Christian denominations in a common cause,” she said.

Jodie and Bruce Storhaug, who have led this effort for the 11 annual packings, said plans are already in the works to pack 280,000 meals March 24-25, 2023 in Grand Forks.

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