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Atlanta Church Prepares 325,000 Meals for Starving Children

ATLANTA, Ga. -- This weekend, beginning Friday night, volunteers with churches and organizations including Peachtree Presbyterian Church are making and packing and sending hundreds of thousands of meals to try to save the lives of starving children all over the world.

The groups are working with "Feed My Starving Children" (www.fmsc.org).

In the case of Peachtree Presbyterian, members raised more than $60,000 to buy, from Feed My Starving Children, the ingredients for 325,000 meals, at 19 cents a meal.

Feed My Starving Children shipped the dry ingredients -- chicken, vegetables, soy and rice -- to the church, and personnel with the organization are at the church supervising the volunteers in mixing the ingredients, sealing the mixture into plastic bags, all under FDA-regulated standards of cleanliness, and sending the 325,000 meals to where they're needed.

Peachtree Presbyterian's batch is going to Haiti.

"And I know that in two to three weeks, this food is going to be in Haiti, and children are going to be eating it," said Kevin Ewing of Feed My Starving Children, who added that FMSC has established independent distribution networks in about 70 countries to make sure the food reaches those who need it. 

"This group will pack enough food in the next two days to feed about 900 children a meal a day for an entire year.  So that's multiple villages, that's ten or 12 villages, whose children will not starve."

Feed My Starving Children has a goal of providing 127 million meals for children around the world in 2010.

Any organization can participate by buying the ingredients for at least 100,000 meals (at a cost of $19,000) and guaranteeing at least 500 volunteers to mix the ingredients, pack them up and send them off.

The Feed My Starving Children website shows before and after photos of emaciated children who, after one month of eating the mixture, are healthy looking and smiling.

Peachtree Presbyterian's participation in the program is an extension of the church's extensive involvement in various ministries focused on Metro Atlanta. 

Its website asks for more volunteers because of the monumental needs, locally:  "Peachtree Presbyterian volunteers, working through our community partner ministries ... [are] helping local at-risk youth, offering companionship to older adults, feeding the homeless, giving the working poor a helping hand, encouraging families living in shelters, freeing those trapped in commercial sexual exploitation, and building houses for the homeless. The opportunities to give and serve are endless, for the need is ever great" in Metro Atlanta. 

Jay Madden of Peachtree Presbyterian, who helped organize this weekend's food outreach on behalf of starving children overseas, looked across the gym as volunteers somehow found even more time for this effort.  "Maybe we can't solve world hunger," he said, "but we can make a difference in these children's lives."