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The Hunger Initiative Update

The Hunger Initiative Update

By: Mark Collier 

The Facts

My favorite Caribou drink is a medium Americano, with room for cream.

The Population Reference Bureau states that there are almost seven billion people in the world and over three billion of them live on less than $2.00 a day. 

I just spent more than that on my Americano.

Last week I went to the Old Country Buffet with my family. I sat there thinking to myself, “there’s a lot of food here. How much food does one person really need?”

According to there is enough food to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day.

How can some have so much to eat, and others have so little?

In my travels to downtown Minneapolis and Nariboi, Kenya, I have met many wonderful Somali friends. Over 70,000 Somali refugees live in my Twin Cities back yard. They are a

strong, courageous and passionate people.

Antonio Guterres, the head of the UN Relief Agency has said that Somalia is the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world.

Many Somali refugees have left their country on foot for places like the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya where more than 2,000 arrive each week. They walk for days without food, and often wait up to two weeks to enter the camp. They are dying of hunger outside Dadaab Refugee Camp.

Responding Together

On Saturday, February 25, Northwood Church and New Life Community Church decided to do something about this catastrophe. We gathered 965 friends, family and neighbors and packed 254,664 meals during four hour-and-a-half shifts (along with 55 all-day volunteers). Together we raised over $30,000 for the raw materials and shipping. The Maple Grove site was part of the larger Hunger Initiative effort that included eight packing sites with a total of 1,149,969

meals packed for the Dadaab Refugee Camp!

The Lessons

We learned that one community coming together CAN make a difference. We learned that there IS enough for everyone. We learned that serving other people can be a lot of fun. Most importantly, we learned that life is not “all about me.” Real life is a life lived for others. Real life is not just “believing” in Jesus, but “becoming”like him as one who “came to serve, not be served” (Mat- thew 20:28).

The Need

But wait, we’re not done yet. Each meal costs 20 cents. So if you do the math, we packed 254,664 meals, times 20 cents per meal, that equals $50,933. So far, we’ve raised just over $30,000 and need another $20,000 to send the food. A box of food (that’s 216 meals) is only $50. If you’ve already bought a box, would you consider buying another one? If you haven’t had a chance to buy a box, would you consider buying two?

Because there’s enough for everyone.

Donate at

OR in the Northwood offering with checks payable to Impact Lives.





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