Fight Against Hunger - FEF-FAH-2018

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  • Status: Completed
  • Project goal: $13,860
  • Received: $13,860 from 67 donors
  • Start date/time: 2018-07-21 09:00 AM
  • End date/time: 2018-07-21 12:30 PM
  • Location: Van-Hanh Temple - 8617 Fanita Dr, Santee, CA 92071

On July 21, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Fortitude Educational Foundation is hosting an event through the Fight Against Hunger (FAH) program of Friends & Family Community Connection NPO. Our volunteers and contributors will purchase, package and ship 50,000 nutritious meals to malnutrition children in many countries as well as to local families in need. The total cost for this event is $13,600 … that is 27 cents per meal including shipping & handling, plus $270 for the forklift rental. We will need about 100 volunteers

Fight Against Hunger meals are developed by some of the world's leading food scientists at Cargill, Pillsbury, General Mills and ADM. Each meal package provides six nutritionally-complete servings to feed starving children around the world as well as the hungry here at home - and all this for pennies a day.

Please join us by volunteering at the event and/or donating to this great cause.

    FIGHT AGAINST HUNGER 2018 – July 21, 2018 – Packaging 50,000 meals

6 AM: The big truck arrived at Van Hanh Temple but could not get in until 6:20 AM since I forgot to let the Venerable Thich Thien Ngo know they would come that early.
7 AM: Gia Dinh Phat Tu Huong Thien’s Huynh Truong & Thieu came to Temple to help setup while I went to the store to get food. The FFCC staff were very impressed by this “Setup” group who not only came early but worked very diligently and effectively. I was touched but as far as impressed, I have been impressed with them for a long time and I have been proud to call them my brothers and sisters.

8 AM – 9 AM: Volunteers started to arrive. Angela Mai Anderson did a fantastic job at the check-in booth, handing out nametags. Day Tran & Lily Do rolled in with their kids carrying cases of water bottles, pastries, and bagels. Lily’s son, who has been helping out at Operation Hope, was so cute. He gave me a hug and said “I should have known it is FEF. I though that we are going to a random charity event.”
Instead of starting at 9 AM and take a short break in the middle of the day, we decided to let volunteers eat breakfast, to start the event at 9:15 AM-9:30 AM, and to do it nonstop till the end.
We started with a short gathering and welcome/appreciation speeches. Bob from FFCC told us about his encounter with the villagers and kids in Haiti during one of his trip there. One lady came back and let him know how much she loved the rice and asked for more. He was shocked to learn that she ate the rice raw and still think it was delicious.
Eight (8) assembly lines were setup. Each line needs 12 volunteers for the following stations:
• 1 Bag holder
• 1 Dried Vegetable input
• 1 Vitamin input
• 1 Soy input
• 1 Rice input
• 2 Weighing stations: The final bag has to be between 350 to 400 oz
• 2 Sealing stations: Air should be removed before the bag can be sealed
• 1 Boxing station
• 2 Runners for ingredient refill
This year we open the event up for young kids as long as they can follow direction and don’t need to always have their parents next to them. There were two stations that had many small kids. The adults kindly let them do the jobs and assisted them as needed. The kids did fantastic job.

More than 100 volunteers came to the event. They all came willing to be assigned to any job in need. Bob from FFCC did a great job keeping the momentum going with frequent updates of the progress. He also let kids make the announcement. The volunteers worked nonstop and lighten up the process with jokes. We asked if anyone needed a break so we could substitute for them but amazingly, no one wanted to leave their post, not even the young children.

Adam, Senator Joel Anderson’s representative, came bearing Senate Letters Of Recognition. He planned to leave at the 9:30 AM, but wanted to participate for a little while. We gave him a hair net and assigned him to an assembly line. He ended up staying for almost an hour and a half. The Senator called and thanked us for a great job and would like us to send him pictures of the event. Due to the time limit to submit the names of volunteers, we apologized that those who signed up later than July 16th did not received the Senator’s Letter.

One thing to point out is that last year, 99% of the volunteer pool is from our beautiful Vietnamese Community, except for my Ostendo’s daughter/co-worker Shalini. This year we had some volunteer from Mexico and some from India. Most of them are Qualcomm Employees and they said they would like to come back and/or participate in other FEF’s event.
Around 11PM, 15 boxes of pizza donated by Tuyet Van and Hung Ma arrived making our stomach growling.

We finished around Noon. After eating lunch and taking a group picture, we gave each other hugs for a job well done. The last group left the temple around 1:30 PM.

In October, I will go to Haiti with the FFCC group to personally meet the kids there. FFCC will have a medical clinic during that time where we can volunteer. The trip will be for a week around mid–October. If you are interested in going with us, please let us know. While we will be representing FEF on this trip, all travel/meal cost will be paid by individuals who are going, not by FEF’s.

We are also looking at the possibility to have a smaller Fight Against Hunger event where the volunteers are Elementary kids, Special Aid kids, and Disabled kids. We believe that this type of event is a great way for kids to get involved in charity, build up their compassion, as well as their self-esteem. We will keep you posted as we will need some volunteers to help the teachers and the kids.

On behalf of the local kids in need and the kids in Haiti, FEF would like to thank all donors and volunteers who have made this event feasible and successful. FEF will host this event at least once a year.

This letter and pictures can be found in the following website

With Deepest and Warmest Gratitude,

Fortitude Educational Foundation

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