Concordia University's 'Feed My Starving Children' event draws 1,500 volunteers

Posted at 8:34 PM, Oct 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-13 21:34:01-04

Volunteers from local schools and churches gathered at Concordia University in Mequon the past two days for an event to benefit "Feed My Starving Children."  

The goal was to pack and send 500 thousand meals to hungry kids in developing countries.

Sarah Wall, Event Coordinator for "Feed My Starving Children" said, "Our food is feeding the poorest of the poor. Haiti, Philippines, Nicaragua are the top three countries that receive the food."

Randall Ferguson, Director of Christian Service at the Lutheran University said, "We wanted a practical way to live our faith and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation."

Students, parents and church members formed an assembly line to measure and pack the nutrients.

 "Of course with the hurricanes that have swept through the Caribbean and other parts of the world recently this is very timely," Ferguson said.  

 Volunteers assembled vitamins, soy, dried vegetables and rice. It was a rewarding experience for students like Andrew Schulz. The 10-year-old told TODAY'S TMJ4 "I just want to help."

"This food really is changing lives, it's not just about feeding bellies. It's about the sustainable activity." Wall said.

Ferguson hopes the young volunteers get an important takeaway.

"I hope they learn that's their life is not just about them, but it's about something much bigger," he said.