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CPOs fill food pouches for children in need

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 12:25 p.m. CDT
A workgroup made up of Navy chief petty officers build, weight and seal plastic pouches of food.

On April 2, 40 chief petty officers gathered at the Libertyville, Ill. office of Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding hungry children around the world. The event was part of Naval Station Great Lakes’ Chief Petty Officer’s 121st birthday celebration that took place from March 31-April 4.

Other activities included breakfast at Keylime Cove, a cake cutting with the oldest and youngest CPO, a pride run at Ross Field, a bowling competition and a birthday ball.

ADC(AW/SW) Nancy Britton of Recruit Training Command said she organized the trip because she and her family had previously volunteered at the charity and found the work fun and meaningful.

“My kids and myself have visited the organization several times and helped out. I thought it would make for an interesting day for my fellow chiefs,” she said.

The CPOs and the other volunteers filled 121 boxes in one hour. Each box contains 26 food pouches. The food is shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has worked to develop a food mixture that is easy and safe to transport, simple to make with only boiling water, and culturally acceptable worldwide. Each pouch consists of rice, extruded soy nuggets, vitamins, minerals with a vegetarian flavoring, and dehydrated vegetables for flavor and nutrition.

A single pouch of food — that provides highly nutritious meals for six children — costs around $1.32 to produce, and 92 percent of all donations to FMSC go directly toward the food program.

Volunteers come from a variety of social organizations including schools, churches and corporations that use FMSC for team building programs.

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