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Feed My Starving Children Surpasses Goal!

S.K. Bill Breen received this email from Pastor David Hillis at Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene.

Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you for your efforts this year, rallying people to serve at the 2023 Feed My Starving Children mobilepack!  The Tucson community turned out more than ever before this year, with about 5,000 volunteers from over 150 organizations coming to pack meals last week on the OVCN campus … first responders and the military, schools, businesses, civic groups, school and university groups, churches and non-profits.

What’s more, we together surpassed our 1.1 million goal by packing 1,122,120 meals!  In our final shift we shut down a half hour early, as we packed everything FMSC had left!  These meals are now in route to Haiti and to South Africa, where FMSC deemed them most urgently needed.  This year’s effort helps ensure this year that over 3,000 children have a meal a day for an entire year.  Please pass this great news along to your group, you were all a part of this success story!  

A few groups we want to especially recognize this year:

  • Groups traveling the farthest to pack:  Sonshine School (Nogales, AZ, many of their kids cross the border each day from Nogales, Sonora to go to school) and QTS Technologies (sending senior members of their team to Tucson from around the U.S.
  • Groups bringing 100+ volunteers: Casas Christian School (over 400 volunteers!), Resurrection Lutheran, CDO Bible Church,  

  • Groups packing the most at a station(from our rolling leaderboard):  Fairfield Homes (32½ boxes), LOGIN (28 boxes), OVCN group (27 boxes), Hills Lacrosse Team (25 boxes), Sombrero Peak 4H Club (24½ boxes).  Each box feeds 216 kids a meal!
  • We are currently hoping to complete fundraising for this year’s Tucson meals($266,000), our amount raised through the week of the pack is now at $243,000.  We hope to finish collecting support from everyone for Feed My Starving Children by month’s end in order to get this full payment to them.  If your group would like to give a tax-deductible gift but don’t remember how to get it to us, reach out to me and I can send you that information.
  • Thank you all for coming together and making this such an incredible expression of love and support from Tucson to those who need it the most.  You have helped feed our future in this world this year!


Bill Breen adds

“I believe that several councils may have contacted OVCN, but my records show that we had 175 Knight families from 3 or 4 Councils (St Mark #13272, SEAS, #8077, Picture Rocks, #6933. We had 131 from our Knights and St. Mark time slot Feb 10 6-8pm.

Here is a picture from that night:

Picture of people at Feed My Starving Children event

I think we grow each year. With more Chapter participation I believe we could have a whole shift filled by Knights! (approx. 250)”

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