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Feed My Starving Children Selects Libertyville for Third Chicago-Area Site

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 –Christian hunger relief organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has signed a letter of intent for a Libertyville location for its third Chicago-area meal-packing site. The other sites, where volunteers age five and older come to hand-pack dehydrated meals for hungry children worldwide, are in Schaumburg and Aurora.

The 18,000 square-foot facility, at Park Avenue Corporate Center, 720-744 E. Park Ave. in Libertyville, will enable more than 100,000 volunteers to pack more than 30 million meals annually for malnourished children around the world.

Based on progress toward a fundraising goal, FMSC expects to open the site in November 2012, six months earlier than originally planned. Minnesota-based FMSC began the private phase of the campaign late last year, and launched the public phase in April. The nonprofit organization has raised $865,000, more than halfway to the goal of $1.55 million. Campaign funds are also being used to open the Schaumburg facility full-time.

“Site layout and schematics have been completed and the zoning and permitting process is beginning. But fundraising is critical to moving forward with the new site. With a third site, Chicagoland volunteers can help us nourish a total of 194,000 children every day for a year,” says FMSC Executive Director and CEO Mark Crea. FMSC meals are used to operate orphanages and schools, as well as in maintenance feeding programs in poor communities

“We are facing growing food needs from our missionary partners worldwide and also have a long waiting list of volunteers,” says Chicago Campaign Chair Dawn Eber, Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, FMSC board member and chair of the Chicago Area FMSC Council. “With the expansion, we will be able to nearly triple the volunteers who have an opportunity to pack meals, which can be a life-changing experience, especially for young people. “

Feed My Starving Children produces nutritious meals designed to restore malnourished children to full health. Volunteers hand-pack the meals, and they’re shipped to missions and humanitarian agencies working in 70 countries around the world. In addition to the Chicago-area packing sites, FMSC maintains three packing sites in Minnesota and one in Tempe, Ariz. Since the 2008 opening of a full-time packing site in Aurora, Ill. and the 2010 opening of a part-time site in Schaumburg, Chicagoland volunteers have packed more than 80 million meals. They were distributed to hungry families in Haiti, Kenya, Nicaragua, Swaziland and many other developing nations.

Nationally, FMSC expects to nearly double its meal production from 133 million meals in 2011-2012 to 235 million by 2014-2015.

Each meal costs 22 cents to produce and 93% of all donations directly support the food program. All meals are packed by volunteers, who, along with donors, pay for 100% of FMSC meals. FMSC receives no government aid.

To donate and join the campaign visit www.fmsc.org/changetheworldchicago

A Christian non-profit founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to nearly 70 countries, where they're used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and other building blocks of healthy communities. Last year FMSC produced 133 million meals, maintained its seventh consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator and spent 93% of total donations directly on feeding the hungry.

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