Nearly 350,000 meals were recently packed and delivered to children overseas who are in dire need of food, thanks to the 10th-annual Ithaca MobilePack that was hosted Sept. 25-29 by Ithaca’s St. Catherine of Siena Parish.
According to organizers, the MobilePack initiative brought together approximately 1,500 volunteers from various congregations and other parts of the Ithaca community, including many St. Catherine of Siena parishioners. Working in two-hour shifts, the volunteers of all ages packed 349,920 meals in all to be sent to Africa — enough to feed 958 children one meal a day for a year. A total of 202,176 meals were shipped to Somalia and another 147,744 to Malawi.
Distribution of the nutritionally complete meals, which are designed specifically to reverse malnutrition, is coordinated by the nonprofit organization Feed My Starving Children. Costs associated with the local MobilePack, totaling $84,000, were offset by fundraising during the year and donations that came in during the late-September event.