2016-11-03 / Living

Peers Who Care pack food for youngsters


Members of Peers Who Care pack rice, soy and dried veggies into boxes to be send around the globe. 
Courtesy photo Members of Peers Who Care pack rice, soy and dried veggies into boxes to be send around the globe. Courtesy photo RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP – Members of Swartz Creek High School’s Peers Who Care spent a couple of hours on a recent Saturday helping ensure that children thousands of miles away get healthy meals.

“Part of educating students is giving them opportunities to change the world they live in,” said group sponsor Deborah Culver.

On Oct. 15, 42 students traveled to Richfield Church of the Nazarene to work with the Feed My Starving Children project.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit founded in 1987. The Coon Rapids, Minn.-based organization provides nutritious meals formulated for malnourished children around the world.

To view their “Hope Starts With Food” video, visit https://www.fmsc.org/about-us/media-resources.

The volunteer effort was a one-of-akind experience for the Swartz Creek teens, Culver said.

“Our students are amazing and a great resource for helping our community and our world,” she said. “Each year this group volunteers over 2,000 hours helping others.”

During a two-hour shift, the Peers Who Care kids packed rice, soy, dried vegetables and a blend of vitamins and minerals into boxes. They tallied more than 37,000 meals, enough to feed more than 100 starving children for a year, Culver said.

The goal for the weekend was to pack 150,000 meals, but the devastation that Hurricane Matthew wrought on struggling communities increased the needs of organizations dedicated to nourishing starving children. Collectively, all of the volunteers packaged 171,072 meals, enough to feed 468 kids one meal a day for a year.

Peers Who Care is a volunteer group whose members’ goal is to make a positive and significant difference with their peers, school, community and the world. Juniors and seniors may apply for membership. – L.R.

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