PVN Teammates Help Feed the World

Statistics show one out of every nine children go hungry each day but Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is dedicated to turning this hunger into hope. As a Christian nonprofit organization, FMSC works with food distribution partners to provide MannaPack® meals to 90 countries around the globe, allowing children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential.

Presbyterian Village North (PVN) residents had the opportunity to learn more about the mission of FMSC on Tuesday, June 6, during an informational meeting held on the PVN campus. The meeting, facilitated by Hillary Coyle, FMSC Development Advisor and daughter of PVN residents Susan and Corbet Bryant, and Andy Albertini, FMSC Regional Manufacturing Manager, provided an overview of the organization’s mission and the volunteer opportunities available locally.

On Friday, June 30, a group of 12 teammates from the PVN Therapy team volunteered their time at the FMSC Richardson location. This was the team’s second visit volunteering at the non-profit. They enjoyed their initial visit in March immensely and wanted to return as soon as the schedule allowed. Estee Cahani, PVN Director of Rehabilitation, shared, “It is such an inspiring organization and they make the experience so uplifting and enjoyable that it makes you want to keep going again and again. Our team tries to schedule a volunteer outing every quarter and it’s been a really enriching and bonding experience for us”

On Monday, June 12, seven PVN residents and three teammates headed to the FMSC Richardson site to give back to others by volunteering their time. Once on site, everyone donned hair nets and gloves to enter the official packing room where a crowd of volunteers from various local organizations formed assembly lines to hand-pack MannaPack® meals containing rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritional blend of vitamins and minerals. The efficient process included sealing, labeling and boxing the meal packs and placing them on pallets to be shipped around the world. The event was truly a group effort! The meals packed by the PVN group were destined to feed communities in Kenya, Africa. In just under two hours, the combined volunteer efforts resulted in 80 packed boxes, providing 17,280 meals for underprivileged children and their families.

Key Domingo, PVN Community Life Coordinator, shared the following thoughts on her volunteer experience, “My experience volunteering was extremely fulfilling. I loved the energy and momentum displayed by the FMSC staff. The way it was organized was mind blowing! It gave me such satisfaction to be a part of this rewarding experience.”

To learn more about volunteering for this wonderful organization, click here.

PVN is committed to giving back to the community, read more about resident and teammate monthly volunteer efforts here.