Saturday morning, a relatively small group of people came together and made a big difference in the lives of a much larger group. River Springs Church in Irmo partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere to help feed kids in need in the Midlands with a Hunger Project, and the results were nothing short of spectacular.
The volunteers were members of River Springs Church, The Beacon Church in Irmo and Collaboration Church in Atlanta, along with their friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors. The 127 people, including elementary school students, senior citizens, and many ages in between, assembled more than 15,000 meals in just two hours of hard work.
“They’re not just talking about something,” said Brad Fleming of Feeding Children Everywhere. “They’re not just writing a check.”
The group assembled bags (paid for by money raised by the churches) including lentils, rice, dried vegetables and pink salt. Adding water or chicken broth to the mix makes a nutritious and filling meal. The Feeding Children Everywhere staff organized the volunteers into assembly lines, with tasks for all, and with music playing and the group singing, dancing, and cheering as they worked, the project was much like a party.
The meal bags will be given out in weekend snack packs during the school year in Lexington/Richland District Five, by the Youth Evangelism Project (YEP) in Puerto Rico, by Beacon Church Ministries, and by Collaboration Church Ministries in the inner city of Atlanta.
Feeding Children Everywhere was founded in 2010, and has provided more than 52 million meals for those in need with the help of more than 352,000 volunteers. “We have a heart for empowering people to make a difference,” Fleming said.
More information on Feeding Children Everywhere, including how a church or organization can host a Hunger Project, is available here.
(Photo and video courtesy of Kent Kirby)