Marathon Event to Package Over 120,000 Meals

    Seattle, WA – April 23, 2010 – Upwards of 1,000 local volunteers will gather on May 15 to package food for orphaned and destitute children through Children of the Nations (COTN), a local non-profit organization. COTN will be hosting the annual “Seattle Meal Marathon” on Saturday, May 15 at Mill Creek Foursquare Church from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    At this event, upwards of 1,000 volunteers are expected to come together to package food that meets the daily nutritional needs of the children COTN currently serves in Malawi, Africa. At each table, bags of food will be filled with four ingredients: lentils, dried vegetables, fortified bouillon chicken powder and rice. The bags are then weighed, sealed, and boxed for shipment overseas. COTN’s goal is to package over 100,000 meals by the end of the day!

    “Our Meal Marathons puts conviction into action,” says Dave Spoon, COTN’s Washington State Feeding Coordinator. “Knowing that a child dies from hunger-related causes every 5 seconds in the world is overwhelming, to say the least, and people generally don’t know how they can help. Our Meal Marathons are a hands-on, fun and practical way for the entire community to help address this problem.

    With COTN’s 15-year history of working in Africa and the Dominican Republic, members of our own community can be sure that their efforts are going directly to the children who need it most. Spoon explains, “At COTN, we are addressing the enormous problems of orphaned children and world hunger every day, but we need the support of our local community to continue this daunting fight.”

    Community members interested in participating in the food-packaging event, or donating to the cause, should visit /meal-marathons for more information on how to sign up.

    About Children of the Nations
    Children of the Nations (COTN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. Founded in 1995, the organization currently provides holistic care to orphaned and destitute children in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic. By partnering with nationals, they establish full-care residential Children’s Homes (for orphans) and Village Partnership Programs (to benefit children living with destitute families or caregivers who are unable to properly provide for them). The programs and services they provide include education, feeding centers, medical services, and community development initiatives such as agriculture, sanitation projects, micro-enterprise, and much more. Children of the Nations believes that true, lasting, and meaningful change begins with the children, and so they are their mission. Children of the Nations stands apart from other organizations in their goal, not to provide relief, but rather to come alongside nationals, empowering them to a life of self-sustainability. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.

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    Contact info:
    Fraser Ratzlaff
    Seattle Feeding Coordinator
    Children of the Nations – USA
    206-200-9108
    fraserratzlaff@cotni.org

    Essential Information

    • Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
    • Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: Mill Creek Foursquare Church (1415 164th SW, Lynnwood, WA)

    Photo Opps

    • Friday, May 14: Unloading supplies, setting up, painting/decorating boxes: 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 15: Organizing, moving food supplies: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
    • Saturday May 15: First packaging group arrives: 8 a.m.

    Messaging

    • Anyone can participate, including families with children.
    • There is always room for more volunteers. People can show up on Saturday.
    • Active, exciting, and fun way to make a tangible difference for children