Children of the Nations 2011 Hunger Campaign Was a Complete Success

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A total of 10,093 volunteers from all over the country packaged meals, sponsored children, and raised money to provide year-round food that will help children in Africa and the Caribbean receive proper nutrition.

More than 10,000 volunteers took part in Children of the Nation's 2011 Hunger Campaign.

10,093 volunteers from all over the country packaged meals, sponsored children, and raised money to provide year-round food that will help children in Africa and the Caribbean receive proper nutrition.

Providing food for thousands of children around the world is no small task. But when 10,000 people pitch in to help, the job gets a whole lot easier.

That’s what happened during Children of the Nations’ (COTN) 2011 Hunger Campaign. A total of 10,093 volunteers from all over the country packaged meals, sponsored children, and raised money to provide year-round food that will help children in Africa and the Caribbean receive proper nutrition. “Because of these people, [our kids] are getting meals in the coming months,” says COTN–USA Resource Director Dave Schertzer. “Along with our Chichere Farm [in Malawi] and other agricultural projects, we’ll be able to feed our kids through the year.”

During COTN’s Hunger Campaign, which lasted from March 15 to May 31, volunteers packaged a staggering 1,453,778 meals. “In 2010, it took us a whole year to package 1 million meals. To do it in 10 weeks is truly amazing,” Dave said. Those same volunteers also sponsored 30 children in need and raised $390,420 to pay for meal ingredients and have them shipped overseas. “This year's campaign was amazing. We've never had people come out in these numbers, fund-raise this amount, or package this many meals,” says Fraser Ratzlaff, COTN’s Seattle Meal Packaging Coordinator.

COTN’s staff and children in Africa were excited to hear about the efforts volunteers in the United States were making to provide food. “On my recent trip to Uganda and Malawi, I shared photos and stories about our Hunger Campaign events,” Dave says. “It was a huge encouragement for our staff and children to hear about the sacrificial giving and efforts of our partners across the USA. They were inspired to find ways in their countries to mobilize people to help feed their children.”

Dave’s account from Uganda and Malawi is proof that even a small effort toward a good cause can make a big difference. “When a spark ignites and people start jumping on board, there's a huge amount of power in that,” Fraser says. “People are more powerful than they think if they come together, especially on behalf of others.”

Volunteers are already talking about how to feed even more children next year. “Looking ahead to 2012 just gets me more excited,” Fraser says. “What could we do if even more people got involved? What if whole cities or states rallied behind whole communities or countries overseas? The possibilities really are limitless.”

Help Children of the Nations provide food, education, medical care, and spiritual guidance to even more children. Sponsor a child today!
by Brian Olson, COTN–USA Staff Writer

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