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Students pack meals for Feed My Starving Children


As rock music filled the cavernous room, 150 students from Central Bucks West High School and Lenape Middle School intently went about their business at Delaware Valley University last week.

Their hair covered in red and white hair nets, heads bent down, they worked in teams to help pack more than one million meal kits that would travel to far off corners of the world to feed poor, hungry children. Area schools and other volunteers have participated in Feed My Starving Children, a faith-based organization, for several years.

“This makes me feel good,” said Brooke Brenner, 14, a student at Lenape Middle School, as she scooped fortified rice into a measuring cup. “We’re working to help others around the world that are not as fortunate.” This was her second year volunteering.

Kevin McPoyle has been the local contact for FMSC for seven years. He said, while the nonprofit is Christian-based, it is fully inclusive and has volunteers who are Hindus, Buddhist, Jewish and atheists.

“There are 6,200 kids dying every day around the world, 6,200 every day,” said McPoyle. Over the four days of packing in Doylestown, more than 1.1 million meals, specially formulated for undernourished children, were packed for distribution.

On a recent mission trip to Swaziland, McPoyle said, he saw boxes of meal kits that had been packed in Doylestown.

“The kids are inspiring,” he said, looking out over the room. “They really make an investment.”

Paige Sokolis, a CB student, was instrumental in organizing the event, noted McPoyle.