'Food for Kidz' feeds kids in Haiti

(WEAU) - Around nine children die every week in Haiti from malnutrition and starvation.

But 13 local churches are trying to make a difference, one life at a time. The churches are part of a Chippewa Falls Mission Coalition.

"That's pretty powerful just to see the churches in the valley working together to help people who are in need," said Mike Cohoon, Event Coordinator.

15 cents is all it costs to make one meal for a child in Haiti.

The average Haitian child lives on 250 calories a day and the average child who weighs eighty pounds burns 340 calories while they’re sleeping,” said Cohoon.

The Impact Lives truck brought in about 75 thousand pounds worth of soy, boxes, rice and much more for the kids in Haiti.

The non-profit organization, Impact Lives brought in all the supplies for the food packing. The service learning manager says they packed 10 million meals in 2010.

"Its amazing to come into communities like Chippewa Falls, they've gathered passionate people who want to make a difference," said Service Learning Manager of Impact Lives, Mikelle Mosier.

About 320 volunteers around the Chippewa valley pre-registered for the event to help purchase and pack the boxes of food.

"Baseball got canceled... so we said what a great opportunity for our family to come out and... help those people who are in need," said volunteer Donna Goodman from Our Savior’s Church.

"I just want to make a difference, and help package food, and just volunteer," said volunteer, Clara Steinmetz from Landmark Christian Church.

Ten volunteers worked at each station pouring rice, soy and other ingredients into bags and even writing messages on them.

One box which costs $32.40 can hold 216 meals.

"We are here because we think its important to be the hands and feet of Jesus , and he said if you do it to the least of these you do unto him and so its important that we reach out when people are in need,” said volunteer Lynn Dehnke from West Ridge Church.


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  • by Jennifer on Apr 29, 2012 at 06:00 PM
    I agree, what about our children. Most of the kids in our schools are getting free lunch (that means the taxpayers pay for it, for those of you who do not know that)but yet we continue to teach our kids to send money to other countries when they should be taught to help their neighbors instead!
  • by Work4Haiti on Apr 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM
    I will continue travel to Haiti , I made 2 trips to Haiti so far and hoping that my third will be this June . FOOD FOR KIDS KUDOS 2 you
  • by An Eau Claire resident Location: Eau Claire on Apr 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    The food that was packaged at this event goes to the Haitian Christian Mission in Haiti. Since Landmark Church has begun sending food shipments, childrens' deaths at this mission from malnutrition and starvation have decreased from 9 a week to 0. The church is in contact with the mission's leader and is notified of the food's arrival. Members of the church have visited the mission. It should also be noted that members of this congregation mentor local children and hold a Free Clinic each year that dispenses health care, eye glasses, food, and other necessities. They have sent members to the Gulf Coast for hurricane relief. They have a heart for giving locally and around the world.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    I do believe that we help families in America. There are food drives, constantly, to put food on our food pantry shelves.
  • by Anon too on Apr 29, 2012 at 08:11 AM
    Like Alyssa I wonder when we are going to start putting the same kind of effort into caring for the poor in our own backyard. Do these volunteers realize that 1). Most of the money/food sent to Haiti and other third world countries doesn't ever make it to the people? 2. That there are children in the US (and even Eau Claire) who are in need? Of course it isn't as "cool" to help someone in your own city, but at least you know the efforts you put in actually make a difference because the person actually receives the items or assistance. Maybe if the press would stop romanticizing these efforts and put a spotlight on poverty in America we would see more efforts here.
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      by Compassion for all on Apr 29, 2012 at 07:44 PM in reply to Anon too
      I would like to clarify several facts that most of you posting here are not aware of. We know that this food will be given to the people in Haiti. We know the mission who distributes it. Some of the people at Landmark Christian Church have been there and distributed the food. I realize some food distributions do not go to the people in need be we know that this food will. As for taking care of the needs of people in our backyards, Landmark Christian Church is doing that. We hold free clinics every year where we give not only free medical care but also free food and clothes, haircuts, and many other services. We also helped fix up homes of people in need through Teen Serve. We have built 2 Habitat for Humanity homes. We are also offering gardening spots for poor people and the neighbors in the Landmark area. Landmark cares about people both locally and internationally. Check them out if you want more on what they do. I don't say these things to try to make us look good, I just want you to be aware that we try to do good to people both close and far away. That is the goal of this Mission organization.
  • by Alyssa Location: Eau Claire on Apr 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
    WHAT ABOUT AMERICAN KIDS? we are in america, and we are in dept, wtf.
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      by kevin on Apr 29, 2012 at 06:15 AM in reply to Alyssa
      That would be a typical response from someone who has no idea of what they are talking about. Pull yourself away from facebook long enough to do some research. Compare the stituation of Haitian children to those of the United States. You will see that our poor would be very wealthy in Haiti and elsewhere. Praise to all of those who were involved.
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      by stan on Apr 29, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to Alyssa
      accoring to a study. 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger in america. yet groceries are plentiful in all super markets and warehouses, why are people then struggling with hunger? Is this a food issue, poverty issue or what? have we seen the latest statistic of obesity of kids these days? staggering....
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      by ryan on Apr 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM in reply to Alyssa
      I agree..... What about the kids in our own country??? We should focus on America and our kids first before we start helping other countries!!
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      by anon on Apr 29, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to Alyssa
      I would like the people that complain about this to go and live with these children for just a day. We, in America, have no idea what hunger and poverty is. If our stomachs growl, we think we are starving. If we don't have cell phones, cable, internet, booze, and cigs. we think we are needy. If you don't like it, you can give to to the American children. There is no one forcing you to give to Haiti. We are in "debt" in America because of our wasteful foolish spending. It is our fault and ours alone.
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        by Anon 2 on Apr 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to anon
        Anon: You are belittling those who really struggle in this country. When was the last time you were in the inner city? On an Indian reservation? Some of those kids would be better off in the conditions of Haiti. Open your eyes to what is happening right here.
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        by Work4Haiti on Apr 29, 2012 at 04:04 PM in reply to anon
        Its not that you care , if you did you would then help some of the kids in America , if you think they need help , HELP THEM and stop whining , we all know you won't do Sh......... , so zip it
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