One of the great things I like about my job is that the management believes in giving back. There are lots of ways during the year to contribute to various programs but one of my favorites is Feed My Starving Children.
FMSC packs food and sends it around the world to places where children are at risk due to malnutrition. But the best part is that this isn’t just an organization to give money to; volunteers actually do the packing of the food. Vitamin mix, veggies, soy and rice make up the “manna pack” that gets reconstituted in places like Haiti, Mali, Pakistan, Cambodia, Guatamala and many more.
Normally we go as a group every other month to one of the Twin Cities’ FMSC locations but today, they came to us. They had all the packing stations set up, surrounded by palates of bales of rice and soy. After all the instructions, we split up among the stations to get going. Today I did the “get the bag onto the funnel” job. After I do that, then other team members put in the ingredients. Then I weigh each filled bag and pass it along to the folks who seal the bag and the packer, who gets the packs into boxes. 6 meals per bag, 36 bags per box, 32 boxes for my station in 90 minutes. If I’m doing the math correctly, that’s 6,912 meals from just my group’s station.
Tonight I’m sore from bending over and my feet are a little achy from standing in the same spot for the whole session, but having done the work is like a salve – I feel like I’ve done a little bit of good in a world that seriously needs it right now.
What’s your favorite rice dish?