Every hour of every day 10 children per minute die of starvation or malnutrition related diseases. Mercy Meals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to end that tragedy. Mercy Meals packages and ships highly nutritious, life-saving meals to starving and malnourished children in developing countries and the United States.
We do this by mobilizing the energy and caring of American children, teens, and adults on behalf of hungry children around the world. Mercy Meals seeks to end the literal hunger of poor children receiving the meals, but also satisfies a hunger among prosperous Americans, a hunger for meaning and contribution.
Mercy Meals partners with Orphan Grain Train for transporting all of our meals to children in need. Our meals are distributed to children in Haiti through the ministry of Helping Hands for Haiti. Currently, these meals make a difference in the lives of 1200 children who attend the 6 schools sponsored by Helping Hands for Haiti.
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The meal ingredients are formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by an undernourished child’s body and mind. The food is also acceptable to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world. The food offers all 9 of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition, something that can’t be said about other typical food relief sources such as rice or beans alone. It is also very simple to prepare, requiring only 6 cups of boiling water to make a complete meal.
Individuals and groups from churches, schools, social clubs, businesses, senior centers, and civic groups are common sources of volunteers for packaging our food. Children from the fifth grade on seem to have the best experience in packaging events. Teens require minimal adult supervision and often plan their own packaging events. Some of the best volunteer experiences come when children, parents, and grandparents work together as a family. Schools and corporations often do packaging with us as a community service event.
There are many convenient ways to support Mercy Meals by making a donation:
- Mail a check, money order, or cash to: Mercy Meals - Yankton, 814 James Place, Yankton, SD 57078. >