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Feed My Starving Children comes to William Jessup

2,700 volunteers turn out to pack meals for the hungry
By: Anne Stokes, Placer Herald correspondent
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Last week, William Jessup University played host to 2,700 local volunteers seeking to address the issue of global hunger one meal at a time.

Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based Christian nonprofit organization that sends nutritious meals to hungry families around the world, held a Mobile-Pack event at the Rocklin campus. Volunteers worked over three days to pack 524,000 meals to send to hungry families in nearly 70 countries, including Haiti, the Philippines, Zimbabwe and Nicaragua.

“We’re really thankful for this community, for Valley Springs Church and William Jessup to host this, to recruit 2,500 volunteers to package 500,000 meals,” said FMSC MobilePack Supervisor Andrew Ulasich. “It’s really an amazing thing. They’ve been working and volunteering their time for months to make this happen. And we’re really grateful that the community could come together and care for those who they don’t even know, who they probably won’t ever meet.”

Eric Hogue, William Jessup University’s chief development officer, who learned first-hand last year how rewarding an experience it can be volunteering with FMSC, helped facilitate the event’s expansion this year into a larger space to accommodate more volunteers to package more meals.

“We believe that this is part of the process of giving back to the community, of serving others, and making sure you’re a part of the solution and a world-changer,” Hogue said. “So this fits our motto perfectly here at WJU.”

Wells Fargo Bank donated $10,000, equivalent to 46,000 meals, to the effort.

“Feed My Starving Children MobilePack is a tremendous way for our community to come together and proactively work to address the issue of global hunger,” said Natasha Mata, Wells Fargo regional president. “So certainly after three years of supporting this effort, we could not stop. And we want to continue to keep doing it, because that’s the need that we have out there and Wells Fargo certainly wants to be a part of that.”

Teacher Darlene Cullivan brought some of her students from Victory Christian School to lend a hand at the event.

“I wanted the students to have an opportunity to serve together,” she said. “I hope they have a greater understanding of the need to help starving people as Jesus would, and to help them to understand how blessed we are here.”

Event coordinator Kris Glass was grateful to have so many volunteers on hand, especially the young ones.

“I didn’t understand volunteering and serving others until I was much older,” she said. “It’s just a great thing if they can catch that vision when they’re young. “Not only does that make you feel good, but it helps so many other people.”

According to Glass, help is always appreciated.

“They can sign up to pack and to come to a shift,” she said. “What we need more than anything else is some donations to pay for these meal ingredients. So if you can’t come, you can also donate money.”