A Comparison: The cost of your lunch versus a meal provided by FMSC

This week at my church we’re excited to pack meals with a great organization – Feed My Starving Children. We have multiple sessions planned with a goal of 240 volunteers each session. It’s a big deal! And LOTS of fun. How often do you get to see fairly simple manual labor by children and grandparents and everyone in between become meals that will feed many hungry kids in desperate need? AND you get to wear a great hairnet…

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So, I started thinking about the benefits of the program and wondering how it gets funded. According to the FMSC website, most of the funding comes from individuals – then churches and corporations. These meals have been developed nutritionally based on research to provide the best content for the kids. And guess how much one of the meals costs to produce? A quarter… 25 cents…

When I went out to get myself some lunch today, I started thinking about the world hunger issues. As I was ordering my Chick-fil-a meal, I thought about how easily I toss around a quarter. That’s usually less than the up charge between drink sizes. And for the cost of my meal today at least 25 kids could have been fed from the FMSC meals. Let’s see – one first world meal for me or 25 nutritious meals for starving children… Hmmm…

Can we solve world hunger? Apparently the technology is there to produce efficient feeding programs. I guess we just don’t have the funds – while I go through the drive-thru to get my lunch.

Disclaimer: Chick-fil-a is one of my favorite fast food places. I used them only because that’s where I had lunch today – and I am a frequent customer.

1 comment

  1. Thanks so much for packing with us Pam! As an employee at FMSC, it’s always encouraging to hear how the events affect volunteers.

    It’s true – the world produces enough food for everyone to eat. We believe through thinking a bit differently, we can change things. While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the blessings of life (I love Chic-fil-a too!), you’ve seen that a little bit of time and a little bit of money can go a long way and make an enormous impact. I’ve seen first-hand the difference it makes to our partners in the field.

    You and your church helped greatly. Thanks again.

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