Woodbury to host second Feed My Starving Children food pack this fall
WOODBURY — Thousands of volunteers packed the Bielenberg Sports Center three years ago for the Feed My Starving Children mobile pack.
The four-day event yielded more than 4 million meals to feed 11,000 children facing hunger in the community and throughout the world.
Woodbury will host the event once again in October, this time with bigger goal.
More than 15,000 volunteers stepped up the 2015 event, which raised $505,000 to fund the meals.
Organizers this year aim to mobilize 25,000 volunteers to pack a total of 5 million meals.
Nikki Robbins, co-chair of the event, said they plan to broaden their call for volunteers beyond Woodbury.
"That does open up the door to inviting more people into the community, which I believe is a city initiative of being opening and welcoming," Robbins said during a March 15 City Council Workshop.
The City of Woodbury partnered with Feed My Starving Children for the 2015 pack through promotion and offering the city-owned Bielenberg Sports Center, now called HealthEast Sports Center, as a venue.
Council members agreed to do the same this year.
Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said the city's decision to partner stemmed from both the global and local impact the event had.
Feed My Starving Children allocated about 10 percent of the 2015 proceeds to the Christian Cupboard Food Shelf in Woodbury.
The donation, about $50,000, helped fund the new Christian Cupboard building, which opened earlier this year.
"That was huge," Giuliani Stephens said. "When you talk about ripple effect, the dollars that came back to the local community are what allowed the seed money for the capital project of the building."
This year's event is scheduled to take place October 4-7 in the HealthEast Sports Center.
Organizers plan to release more information, including a brochure and a website, at a later date.
More information about Feed My Starving Children's mobile food pack events is available at bit.ly/2FEbfMn.