Recently, members of the 6th grade boys’ feeder basketball program gathered with their families, Saint Viator students and coaches for an evening devoted to supporting malnourished children in Third World countries.
They convened at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse facility in Schaumburg, where they hand-packed nutritiously rich meals for severely malnourished children in Haiti.
Working in teams around packing tables, they filled pouches with rice, extruded soy nuggets packed with protein, vegetable flavoring that contain valuable vitamins and minerals, and dehydrated vegetables.
Their competitiveness and team building were clearly evident. In just one hour, they packed 89 boxes, or enough meal pouches to feed 54 children for one full year.
“By receiving that food, children are transformed from surviving to living,” Jason Kuffel, recruitment director and assistant varsity coach of basketball and lacrosse, said. “But then, that’s the mission of Feed My Starving Children. They know that proper food and nutrition are the fundamental building blocks that allow these children to lead better lives.”
This was the second time in less than a year that Saint Viator students have volunteered at Feed My Starving Children. Last summer, Saint Viator students and alumni combined with Loyola Academy to pack a whopping 57,000 meals for children in Peru.
“My faith is renewed when I see young people like that working for a better world,” Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., Saint Viator president who pitched in to help, said. “I know that the word of God is alive.”
Feed My Starving Children has been drawing volunteers for more than 25 years in Chicago’s suburbs, and in 2013 surpassed 850 million meals. They have sent more than 6.5 million meals to children in Peru, alone. Pouches are distributed through missionary partnerships at orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and malnourishment centers.