With the start of the new school year, our giving project is kicking off a year long initiative. Change to change the world! Every day students are encouraged to dump unwanted pocket change into the jar in our room.
What will we do with the change? We are going to feed children in rural Nicaragua! What I love about this mission is that they began the meal packing initiative because teachers in Nicaragua expressed that student performance was hampered by extreme hunger. Without full bellies, the kids couldn’t focus in school! This outreach allows us to not only feed the kids but help them improve their education as well. Read more about the initiative and the organization here: http://nicefoundation.org/feeding-program/
When we have raised $3000, the foundation will come to our school and my students will get to pack 10,000 meals to be sent to Nicaragua! It is an amazing experience and I want to share what it looks like to get your students the hands-on ability to make a difference!
Step 1: Volunteers help the foundation set up the room where you’ll be packing!
Step 2: Additional volunteers (around 40-50 is perfect) arrive to begin the roughly 2 hour packing process. The ingredients are placed in containers and through a series of funnels, scoopers, and scales they are measured out into a chicken flavored, vitamin enriched soup mix.
Step 3: As the bags of mix fill up, they are packed into boxes and prepped for shipment to Nicaragua. Each bag serves 6 so 10,000 meals is NOT 10,000 bags! (If you’re lucky you’ll have enough volunteers that someone can cook up a sample of the soup for everyone to try. It is pretty good but hard to imagine eating it every day!)
If you’re interested in partnering with us, we could buy and pack even more meals! Any size donation to the NICE Foundation in our group’s effort would be appreciated. If you think your group can tackle the $3000 minimum for an on-site meal packing, don’t hesitate to contact them on your own! We don’t own the idea and just want to feed as many as we can!
The foundation also makes layettes for the rural hospitals, pillow-case dolls and dresses, and so much more! There is sure to be a project for everyone! (You can even go right to Nicaragua with them and get your hands dirty for real!)