Student and staff participants at Momentum, the annual youth conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, fanned out across the Miami Valley today (Saturday, July 26) to become the hands and feet of Jesus.
They distributed groceries to the needy, ministered at nursing homes, assisted with outreach carnivals at local churches, and helped in a variety of other ways.
Some stayed on campus to pack meals for the hungry (see photo at right). When they are through, they will have packed 100,000 meals that will be shipped to a third world country.
The students, in an assembly-line process, mixed a scientifically formulated mixture of rice, textured soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, and a chicken flavored but vegetarian powder that has 20 vitamins and minerals into a bag, which was then sealed. Each bag serves six people, according to Aileen Morrissey, site supervisory for the Chicago office of Feed My Starving Children.
Those bags were packed into boxes, 36 to a box, then put on a truck, 33 to a pallet, according to Morrissey. “The next people to open those boxes will be the kids on the other side,” she said.
Each meal costs 17 cents to produce, according to Morrissey. Each bag feeds six people for a total of $1.02.