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April 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tomorrow
Minnesota-based Christian hunger relief organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) officially launches the public phase of its
$1.55 millionChicago expansion campaign, "Change the World from
The campaign will kick off at the 4th Annual Gala & Auction to benefit Feed My Starving Children, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in suburban
Rosemont. The campaign's quiet phase, launched late last year, raised
$500,000 in early leadership gifts. During the gala, FMSC expects to reach the halfway mark in funding the campaign, making the public phase goal a total of
Feed My Starving Children produces nutritious meals designed to restore malnourished children to full health. Volunteers hand-pack the meals, and they're shipped to missions and humanitarian agencies working in 70 countries around the world. FMSC maintains three packing sites in
Minnesota, one in
Tempe, Ariz., and two in the
Chicago area. Since the 2008 opening of a full-time packing site in
Aurora, Ill. and the 2010 opening of a part-time site in
Schaumburg, Chicagoland volunteers have packed more than 80 million meals. They were distributed to hungry families in
Swaziland and many other developing nations.
All proceeds from the
Chicago expansion campaign will go to taking the
Schaumburg, Ill. facility full time, and opening a third packing site (still in the selection process) in the north suburbs by Spring of 2013.
Chicago area expansion will double our capacity, from 32 million meals, which feeds 85,000 children daily for a year, to 71 million meals, which will nourish 194,000 children each day for a year," says Chicago Campaign Chair
Dawn Eber, Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, FMSC board member and chair of the Chicago Area FMSC Council. "We're facing growing food needs worldwide and we have a long waiting list of volunteers." With the expansion, FMSC will be able to welcome a total of 300,000 volunteers, a substantial increase from the current capacity of 122,000.
Nationally, FMSC expects to nearly double its meal production from 133 million meals in 2011-2012 to 235 million by 2014-2015.