COVID-19 Updates

Packing Status

All packing sites will be closed Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 12.

All MobilePack™ events scheduled for March 16 through April 12 have been postponed.

We cannot pack meals right now, but you can help fund them so they can be packed at a later date.


"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." — Isaiah 41:10

The health and safety of our communities and staff is of utmost importance to us. We are closely monitoring federal, state and local health guidelines and will provide updates here as information changes.

Here's what you need to know at this time:

  • We are praying for you, your family and friends for health and protection in this storm. We will get through this difficult period together. We know God is leading the way.
  • Kids still need to be fed. We are exploring a number of alternative solutions and methods to pack meals.
  • Our partners have asked us for more food. Your financial support allows us to continue to feed God’s kids. Give now

Update: March 27, 2020: A Reminder of Hope

In the midst of challenging times, it is easy to lose sight of hope. But hope perseveres.

Though volunteers aren’t able to pack meals right now, kids are being fed. As of March 25, there were 92 million meals in transit to our partners!

One partner, Church of Bible Understanding in Haiti, received a container this week. They told us, “As soon as we got the container out, we distributed food to nine orphanages that needed food right away.”

A container of FMSC meals being unloaded

Even through the storms, God is good.


Update: March 19, 2020 1:00 p.m. CDT

An update on our 2020 Illinois Gala

For the safety of guests, sponsors, donors and staff, our Illinois Gala scheduled for May 2, 2020 gala has been canceled. Please watch for information as we determine how to best offer an alternate experience. Our desire is to honor our supporters and raise funds that are still desperately needed to provide an uninterrupted source of nutrition to our partners and the precious children they serve.

An update from our CEO and VP of Marketing and Development

Mark Crea, Executive Director and CEO and Andy Carr, VP of Marketing and Development, share an update on the situation and what you can do to help.

As always, if you have questions, please email us at

Update: March 16, 2020 5:00 p.m. CDT

Feed My Starving Children continues to closely monitor the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and respond in step with the recommendations of federal and state authorities. As we announced previously, we have taken the unprecedented step of pausing our normal meal packing activities at our permanent sites.

As of today, March 16, we are closing all packing sites through Sunday, April 12. This extends the previously announced 3-day closure. All MobilePack™ events scheduled for March 16 through April 12 remain postponed. This will give us additional time to evaluate our options and to monitor and adapt to the ever-evolving situation.

We recognize gravity of this situation for those who rely on FMSC meals and we lift up those children and their families in prayer. We ask for God's help and wisdom in this global health crisis.

What can you do to help?

Pray. We ask you to join us in prayer for the health of FMSC's volunteers, supporters, staff, partners and most importantly those who rely on FMSC meals.

Give. Please consider donating. We cannot pack meals right now, but you can help fund them so they can be packed at a later date. Give now

Shop MarketPlace online. You can shop FMSC MarketPlace™ from wherever you are, and you’ll support artisans while funding meals for kids at the same time. Shop now

If you find yourself doing a lot of online shopping on Amazon in this season, did you know you can have Amazon donate a portion of the sales to FMSC? Simply go to and choose Feed My Starving Children as your selected nonprofit, then shop as usual.

As always, if you have questions, please email us at

March 13, 2020: A Note from Our CEO Regarding COVID-19

Dear Friends of Feed My Starving Children,

In response to the COVID-19 recommendations from federal and state authorities, Feed My Starving Children has made the unprecedented decision to pause our normal meal packing activities at our permanent sites.

All packing sites will be closed Monday-Wednesday, March 16-18. All MobilePack™  events scheduled for March 16 through April 12 will be postponed. We will use this time to gather information, explore alternative packing solutions and find ways to safely produce FMSC meals for people in need around the world.

All packing sessions and MobilePack events scheduled through Sunday, March 15 will go on as planned.

Recognizing that this situation is fluid, we will post the latest information on this page.

I am grateful for each of you and together we will navigate the challenges we face. Our staff prays together every morning a verse chosen by our councils. I ask you pray this verse with us as we look to our Lord for guidance and wisdom.

Our God, we earnestly SEEK You. We THIRST for You.
We have seen You and behold Your power and glory.
Our lips will GLORIFY You. We PRAISE You!
We CLING to You as Your right hand upholds FMSC.

Prayer based on Psalm 63

If you have questions, please email us at 

May God bless you,

Mark Crea
Executive Director/CEO