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NewPointe Community Church hosts Feed My Starving Children event

| April 8, 2019

A group of volunteers met at Coshocton Elementary School on Friday, April 5 to set up for the Feed My Starving Children event hosted by NewPointe Community Church on Saturday, April 6th. Between 250 – 300 volunteers hoped to pack 108,000 meals that day. Jen Jones | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Between 250 – 300 volunteers met at Coshocton Elementary School on Friday evening, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 to pack food for Feed My Starving Children.

Scott Compton, missions director of NewPointe, said that about 2,000 people were gathering on Saturday, April 6 at five sites to help organizations around the world who are feeding kids. “Over half a million meals are going to get into the hands of real kids who desperately need food. We’re creating a community for people in our own backyards and we’re providing hope to people we’ll never meet.”

Campus Coordinator for NewPointe Community Church Shantelle Coffman said this was the first time NewPointe in Coshocton has held this event. Volunteers were setting up everything Friday evening so when the volunteers arrived Saturday, they could get right to packing the meals. Shifts were two hours each and started at 8:30 Saturday morning and went until 6:30 that evening. Another set of volunteers would then clean up the gym.

“We are hoping for 100 people per shift and our goal is to pack 108,000 meals,” said Coffman. “We have close to 30 volunteers just helping set up tonight. I am thrilled the community is involved because this is not just a church event – it’s a community event. We love hosting it.”

Louis Hintz, event supervisor for Feed My Starving Children, said each team would be packing a scientifically developed rice meal formula with vitamins, minerals, soy, rice and vegetables that would be cooked into a casserole. “Each volunteer will be wearing a hair net and they will be putting everything together, weighing the bag, sealing it and putting it in a box. Each box holds 216 meals – enough to a feed a child for seven months.”

Hintz said all of the boxes packed in Coshocton would be going to a warehouse in Chicago to be sent to one of the 70 countries that Feed My Starving Children helps. The organization has been packing meals since 1987 and has delivered two billion meals that were all packed by volunteers.

“I am so thankful for the city welcoming us and impacting kids who are hungry,” said Hintz.


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