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Girl Scouts Pack More Than 12K Meals for Starving Children in Nicaragua

Richfield Dual Language School second-grade Girl Scouts help feed starving children.

The second-grade Girl Scout troop rounded up as many members as they could find on their most recent day off of school, Friday, May 4th, and headed out to the Eagan Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) facility for a few fun-filled hours of food packing.  

After watching a video about the organization, the girls each donned a hairnet and scrubbed their hands like surgeons heading to the OR. It took a little while, but soon each of the girls were working like old pros on an assembly line.

After completing the task of packing meals, the girls participated in a blessing over the food for the children who will receive this food in approximately six to 10 weeks. The Girl Scouts and nearly 50 other volunteers helped to pack nearly 60 boxes of over 200 meals resulting in a total of 12,528 meals, or a year's worth of meals, for 35 children in Nicaragua.

What was most memorable for many of the girls was a "before and after" picture of Omar, a boy from El Salvador who weighed a startling 19 lbs (smaller than many one year olds) at the age of 8, the the same age as many of the girls in the troop. In little over a year's time, Omar was able to gain over 50 pounds by eating the food sent by FMSC. Not an eye was dry after the girls headed home to appreciate the easy access they all have to food.

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joshua jorgensen May 09, 2012 at 06:21 PM
We have hundreds of thousands of children right here in the united states that are starving on our streets and in low income neihborhoods! Yes feeding starving children is great and teaches kids about caring for their fellow human beings, but let's start by feeding the starving children and familys of our great contry berfore we use and waste resources feeding other countrys.
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Hi Joshua, I agree that there are many people who need food help at home. That is not a question. However, I think the fact that people and organizations choose to extend a hand to places beyond our borders is amazing. And well, the Girl Scouts are learning to give back. This experience - for those who take it in deep - will likely push them to do more. Here and elsewhere. Local Girl Scouts have also done projects to help programs, organizations and people around here too. Here's another blog post from Megan Cassidy: http://patch.com/B-8T8

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