Feed My Starving Children

Rating: 4.53 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International, Philanthropy

Location: 401 93rd Avenue NW Coon Rapids MN 55433 USA

Mission: Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit
Results: In 2012, FMSC produced over 163 million meals thanks to the work of more than 657,000 volunteers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My family, small group and other friends have volunteered with Feed My Starving Children many times over the past four years. It has always been a wonderful experience. We always have fun while we are there and feel great about what we have done when we leave! A perfect serving opportunity!!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

FMSC is an excellent way to get young people involved with volunteer work. Often its difficult to find a way to help a worthy cause - like feeding starving people in an organized, low committment manner. FMSC allows you to donate 2 hours of your time when you can work this into your schedule and when they have an available slot, and the work is fun, easy and the instruction is clear and inspiring. This opportunity is great for scout groups or families who want to contribute to a good cause without necessarilty spending any money. You can volunteer with friends and consider it a play date that reaches across borders and grips the hands of others who are in desperate need. My daughter and I volunteer frequently.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My faith life. I feel wonderful when I help others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get some feedback from the volunteers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Maybe introduce some of the people in the opening meeting - tonight we have these people from this church etc.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Every time we volunteer we meet new friends

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Feed My Starving Children is without question the most efficient charity with which I have ever worked. From the moment that you walk in the door as a volunteer you are whisked up into an efficient, well-oiled machine, leaving an hour or two later with confidence that your time and donation dollars have been very well spent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Coon Rapids

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes necessary.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My family and I volunteer at the Schaumburg, IL facility for FMSC every other Saturday (unless we forget to sign up 8 months or so ahead of time!). It's great to have an organization that involves children in helping other children... My kids have learned that not everyone is as fortunate as we are here in the U.S., and that is a gift! Their mission is clear, their operations are run like a tight ship, and they are helping so many children around the world get the nutrition they need! God bless Mark Crea and all the other employees at FMSC who make feeding starving children their life's work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Schaumburg, IL

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe make the packing portion of the time a little longer or allow those who have seen the videos (many times!) continue to pack while the "newbies" watch the videos. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing! ( :

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

see my previous comment about changes.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Exposed my children to those who are much less fortunate, which has been a blessing!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fulfilled and closer as a family.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

News reports indicate that this charity spends at least part of their time and money on spreading their Christian religious beliefs. If this offends you, find other groups such as SHARE or Doctors Without Borders for your donations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I don't intent to experience the results of this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They should make it clear that they proselytize their religious beliefs. I had to spend time finding this information on the web.

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Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Something didn't feel right abou this organization when I volunteered. They had enough people to work there so there was limited one hour volunteer meetings on certain nights that were aimed towards fundraising and there's all of these promotional items for sale as well. I didn't like their numbers regarding the numbers disclosed to the public. Anyone who has experiencce reading corporate numbers would probably agree. Their focus appears to me to be raising money instead of getting other assistance.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Coon Rapids

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be open to having a second shift instead of fundraisers at night.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Feed My Starving Children is an AMAZING opportunity to hang out for a couple hours and help others in our world! FMSC tells the story of global hunger in a simple way that even young kids can understand and relate to - but in a way that makes a powerful impression.

In just two hours, in our group of 65 people, we packed enough meals to EACH PERSONALLY feed one child for one year. Now that made you feel like you made an impact in someone's life....and it was fun and just a short little bleep of time to give.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

When you leave, they tell you how many bags/cases you group has packed....and let you know how many kids your gift will feed. It definitely makes you feel like you, one person, can do something! And it's really fun to watch how this impacts the kids you bring along to FMSC...they're just kids, and they can do something!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have even more facilities in MORE places around the US...so others could help out in this way!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Feed My Starving Children is an amazing group of people getting it right for God's kingdom. It is a great place to take your family to learn about the real world issue of hunger and a great place to help do something about it. My family and I support FMSC because we have had an opportunity to see the entire process from start to finish. We have packed food with friends and family on several occasions here in Minnesota and we have seen the food provided to hungry children and families when we travel to Haiti. FMSC does a great job of making sure that the money provided is used to buy food. They spend very little on overhead.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had multiple chances to see FMSC meals distributed to children in Haiti. This occurred at orphanges, schools, and villages. I have met hundreds of children and families that are being fed by FMSC. It is a blessing to be able to support them in these efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't think they need to change a thing.

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1 person found this review helpful

Many people don't become involve in charities because they don't feel they can make an individual difference in some of the world's greatest problems. FMSC creates the environment, provides the information and most importantly demonstrates results that even giving a little can make a life or death difference to a child in the world. My packing experience was one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences I have had, and it was fun. FMSC relies totally on volunteers to pack the food for children around the globe and as a result controls overhead and administrative costs effectively. They have had a huge impact on children that otherwise would have perished and not had the chance to live and thrive and change this world for the better. I have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to volunteer to speak to schools, churches and organizations on behalf of Feed My Starving Children and I am proud of my association with the organization. Not only does it change children's lives across the globe, it enriches the lives of those who donate their time, resources and money to the organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the difference in starving, malnourished children compared to those same children after receiving and eating the nutritional food provided.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to inform and touch even more volunteers that would willingly give their time and resources to such a wonderful organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

N/A

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met many wonderful people through volunteering and it has continued to transform me to give to other charities and organizations as a result.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Fullfilled and joyful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

What an awesome experience to spent a couple of hours having fun with friends and then find out that you just packed enough food to feed a whole orphanage for a year! And then be brought to tears watching a video about the children who will be receiving that food. I can't say enough about this organization. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the stories of children s lives that were changed and hearing the stories of people who traveled to help distribute the food.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to do more fund raising so more meals can be produced.

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