Crystal D Packs 22,464 Meals for Starving Children
Crystal D, St. Paul, Minn., packed 22,464 meals for starving children around the world on September 14.
Each year the Crystal D facility closes for part of a work day so that employees can pack meals at a local nonprofit organization called Feed My Starving Children. In merely two hours the Crystal D employees assembled enough meals to feed 62 children for one year; packing a total of 104 boxes.
The meals were designed by Minnesota food scientists to meet the nutritional needs of a 4-to-8-year-old malnourished child. They are specifically tailored to fulfill a child's nutritional needs for one day using nutrient-rich dehydrated vegetables, soy, rice and chicken flavoring. The meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.
In addition to donating their time, some employees also donated financially to the organization. All financial donations were completely voluntary.
"Packing food with Feed My Starving Children was a wonderful experience. It reminds us that many people live without basic necessities and they need our help," said TeriKay Thein, receptionist, blank/sample order manager, and 2010 Grand Value Champion at Crystal D. "Crystal D really pulled together today to make a difference."
Feed My Starving Children is a local nonprofit organization committed to reducing the number of starving children throughout the world. They collaborate with relief organizations worldwide to distribute highly nutritious dry meals. In 2007, more than 185,000 volunteers packed more than 43 million meals.
For more information, visit Crystal D's website.