First Question: What is essential, inexpensive, nutritious, fun to make, comes in a cardboard box and feeds 216 hungry people? Answer: One box of 36 bags of Kids Against Hunger meals packed by volunteers and sent to a third world country.
Second Question: What is the latest compassion ministry offered by the national office of Operation Inasmuch? Answer: Packing low-cost, nutritious meals through the Kids Against Hunger program, thousands at a time.
Operation Inasmuch, Inc. became an official satellite of Kids Against Hunger (KAH) in March. As such the Inasmuch ministry is now able to offer congregations, church groups and businesses the opportunity to pack a large number of dehydrated meals that are sent to Haiti and other third world countries. “We applied to become a KAH satellite because we see this ministry, feeding hungry people, as aligning perfectly with our mission of mobilizing believers to minister to people at their point of need,” says David Crocker, Executive Director of the Inasmuch ministry. “Also, we see it as an opportunity to offer a new way to serve for those churches already using the Inasmuch model. Finally, we see the food packing project as a simple and effective way of bringing congregations together as part of a larger Inasmuch United event.” Kids Against Hunger (www.kidsagainsthunger.com) is an international food-aid organization founded in 1999 “to reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and to feed starving children throughout the world.” The Inasmuch ministry is one of about 100 satellites across the nation affiliated with KAH based on New Hope, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis. Last year alone, KAH satellites packed forty million meals for hungry people around the world!
The Inasmuch ministry has already conducted two KAH packing events: Central Baptist Church of Bearden, Knoxville, TN on March 17—53,118 meals packed—and Faith Promise Church, Knoxville, TN on April 13—50,000 meals packed. More than 300 volunteers were involved at Central Baptist and about 170 at Faith Promise.
Crocker says, “The food packing endeavor will never become the primary aspect of the Inasmuch ministry, merely an ‘add-on’ for those churches that either want to introduce a new ‘wrinkle’ into their ongoing Inasmuch events or want to use the packing as a sort of stack pole project for an Inasmuch United event.”
“Because of the logistics of staging a KAH packing event, far and away most of them will be within a short radius of Knoxville,” adds Crocker. “Occasionally, when the event is large enough to merit the efforts required to move the packing equipment a long distance, we will undertake packing projects at some distance from our home office in Knoxville.”
Churches interested in staging a food packing event should contact the Inasmuch ministry at 865-951-2511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.