Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (MBCA) has launched a new service initiative called “You Fed Me,” with an ambitious goal to pack 100,000 meals for hungry children in one day. Under the direction of Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency, the school, with students in grades kindergarten through eighth, engaged every student packing meals along side faculty, staff and 75 parent and grandparent volunteers on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Our community will be assembling 100,000 nutritious, potentially life-saving meals for hungry children around the world,” said Jim Callis, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s Head of School. “A service initiative of this scale will require 100% involvement from our student body, our faculty and many more from our parent and grandparent community.” According to Stop Hunger Now organizers, never before has a school endeavored to accomplish such an ambitious goal. “By serving others, our students learn to think beyond themselves and realize that as a community we can make a difference in the lives of children that may not enjoy the same quality of life that we experience.” continued Callis.
The “You Fed Me” campaign takes its name from the passage in Matthew 25 where God tells us that when we feed someone who is hungry, it is as though we are feeding Him. Each meal, which costs twenty-five cents, contains rice, vegetables, soy protein and 21 essential vitamins and nutrients in a dehydrated form making them easy to store and ship. At a cost of $25,000, MBCA will be funding this campaign through contributions from the school community.
Throughout the year, students in every grade level at MBCA support missions both locally and internationally such as Georgia’s Make-a-Wish Foundation, MUST Ministries, Operation Homefront, and the Community Hope School in Namibia, Africa.