By Max Sass, Assistant Coach
The Wesleyan University men's basketball team spent the evening of Friday, November 11 giving back as part of the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) mobile pack operation. All 17 players and three coaches spent two hours measuring, packing, sealing and boxing food to be sent to malnourished children in impoverished areas.
FMSC, founded in 1987, is a non-profit organization that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The organization sends meals to over 60 countries, including those in need in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, North and Central America and South America. Within the next few months, Feed My Starving Children expects to ship their 1,000,000th meal to those in need of nutritious food.
"We are so fortunate to be here at Wesleyan and part of this basketball program," said Joseph Kuo '17, "and it is incredibly humbling and rewarding to give back through Feed My Starving Children. It's truly special to know that we helped provide peace of mind to hundreds of families that before this did not know where their next meal was coming from."
The basketball team, along with approximately 100 other volunteers, packed 142 boxes to ship to regions with malnourished children, which equates to over 30,000 meals. Volunteers hand-packed a mixture of rice, soy, dried vegetables and a blend of vitamins into bags, which are sealed, boxed and shipped to partners around the world. The packing process was upbeat, competitive and teamwork-oriented.
"This was such an amazing opportunity for all of us," said JR Bascom '18. "The chance to give back to those in need is always special, but being part of the packing process with my 16 teammates and three coaches was an experience that had a profound impact on me. It's incredibly gratifying to know that thousands of malnourished children will be able to eat comfortably thanks to what our team did."