Getting the Whole School Involved: West Fargo HS Students Pack Meals for Feed My Starving Children
Organizers say they've never done a service project of this scale
FARGO, N.D. — Students at West Fargo High School are helping the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack reach their goal of packing 2.5 million meals.
It’s a service project of a scale that many have never seen before.
“We pulled up and there’s like 100 school buses. It was an incredible sight. Young people are about half the volunteers we get, and they really get it,” Mark Crea, CEO of Feed My Starving Children, said.
Helping out was spearheaded by West Fargo High’s Key Club and is part of the school’s days of service.
The student who organized it says her church was looking for volunteers, and she decided to go big.
“I think it’s just amazing because it’s just unbelievable that I kind of did this for my entire school, it’s just kind of crazy,” Alexis Wohl, president of the school’s Key Club, said.
About 1,100 people were there, and organizers say each person packs an excess of 212 meals in an hour and a half.
“I actually get choked up thinking about it because [the administration is] super supportive, I mean, look, it’s crazy,” Lisa Mulvaney, the Key Club advisor, said.
All meals have rice, soy, vitamins and vegetables.
Leaders at Feed My Starving Children say the meals will be in the hands of those who need them in 60–90 days.
“We feed in schools, we feed in orphanages, we feed in so many places simply nobody else gets to, up in the mountains, down in the valley, we get this food where it needs to go,” Andy Carr, VP of marking at Feed My Starving Children, said.
It’s not just students who are helping to pack meals, even staff members like school resource officers decided to put on their hairnets and help pack meals as well.
“This is very impressive, a well–oiled machine and they have everybody doing what they need to do so it’s very impressive to see,” Officer Jason Balvik said.
When the boxes are sealed up, they’ll be taken to a distribution center and sent to one of dozens of countries around the globe.
Volunteers will continue to pack meals tomorrow. The Fargo Mobile Pack is just one of hundreds across the country.