The meal bags volunteers will pack contain all the nutritional requirements undernourished children need for physical growth and development.
The diocese’s deacons are partnering with Kids Around the World, Inc. (KIDS), for the Million Meal Event. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is dedicated to helping children and families that have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, war and illness.
Through its OneMeal Program, they equip volunteer organizations in the U.S. to package nutritious dry food bags for impoverished children who otherwise have little to no access to food. KIDS has packed and shipped more than 40 million meals to hungry children in 22 countries around the world.
At the Million Meal Event, this organization will manage all logistics, ingredients, equipment and shipping of the packed meal bags.
The organization’s OneMeal bag contains all the nutritional requirements undernourished children need for physical growth and development. Each is made up of mix of red lentils and white rice, fortified with 21vitamins and minerals and six dehydrated vegetables. The meals are designed to take a child from severe malnutrition all the way to full health by eating two cups a day.
Since rice is a common ingredient familiar to people in most regions of the world, these meals are readily accepted across cultures.