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Since our founding in 1987, Feed My Starving Children has given hope to millions of the world’s hungry, in Jesus’ name. We ask His blessing—and your support—in the years ahead.

Our Founding: 1987

Challenged by needs he’d seen on missions in Honduras, in 1982 Minnesota businessman Richard Proudfit heard God say, “If you’ve seen my starving children, feed them.” In early 1987 he incorporated Feed My Starving Children to develop an original meal formula.

Rice Formula Finalized: 1993

Cargill food scientist Dr. Richard Fulmer teamed up with colleagues from Pillsbury and General Mills to develop a nutritious “Fortified Rice Soy Casserole” for malnourished children, average age 5. FMSC changed the name to MannaPack™ Rice in 2008. 

Volunteer Production Underway: 1994

After bottles, cartons and machine-canning were ruled out, a timely donation came: 1 million plastic bags from a discontinued Green Giant product. Board members trial-packed a few bags and today’s model was born. In 2005, productivity jumped 40% when engineers recommended packers form “cells” around the funnel. 

First Shipments: 1994

The first major shipment of meals went to a Rwanda pediatric hospital via Operation Blessing; to Haiti via Mercy Ships; to Belarus; and to Paraguay. Since 1994, FMSC has distributed food to nearly 70 countries through hundreds of embedded partners. More than 99% of meals have arrived safely.  

Transition & Rededication: 1998-2004

For many years, FMSC struggled to produce 2-3 million meals a year and the founder left in 1998 to start a different charity. In December 2003, the board rededicated FMSC to Christ and in April 2004 hired Executive Director/CEO Mark Crea. Prayer became everyday practice, support increased, and FMSC began to grow. 

First Site Expansion: 2004

One site in Brooklyn Park, Minn. expanded to two in 2004 with a site in Eagan. Other expansions rapidly followed: Chanhassen, Minn. in 2006; Aurora, Ill. in 2008; Schaumburg, Ill. in 2010; Tempe, Arizona in 2011; and Libertyville, Ill. in November 2012. In 2009 the Brooklyn Park headquarters and packing site moved to its current location in Coon Rapids. In 2015 the Tempe packing site moved to Mesa. In 2014 we opened a warehouse in Norcross, Georgia & in 2015 a warehouse in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

First MobilePack Events: 2004

Youth Encounter (YE) asked FMSC to bring a service experience to 300 students gathering in Kansas City. It was successful, and YE asked for more events. MobilePack was born.

New Formulas: 2008 & 2010

FMSC collaborated with leading HIV nutritionist Cade Fields-Gardner, M.S. LCN, to develop the world’s first and only food to treat diarrhea, a leading killer of children and the ill. When orphanages began using the smooth formula with infants, in 2010 FMSC had it modified into Potato-W, a weaning food for babies 7-12 months old.

Serving in Disasters: 2010 & 2011

FMSC doubled meals to Haiti after its January 2010 earthquake, and stretched to alleviate E. Africa’s famine in 2011. Both times, the board stepped out in faith to commit meals beyond budget. God has blessed us with greater support and, along with greater operating efficiencies, FMSC is well-positioned to serve growing food needs around the world. 

Andy Olsen | NWHCM

FMSC Today

Here is a snapshot of growth:

  1994 2015
Meals 400,000 Nearly
273 million
Volunteers 2,409 More than 1 million

By earning Charity Navigator’s highest rating for 11 consecutive years, FMSC is among the nation’s 1% most -trustworthy charities. But the most important successes are the children—like Jonise of Haiti—given hope through MannaPack™ meals, and now leading productive lives.