Over 400 foster parents and children joined Department of Child Safety staff to fill roughly 39,000 meal packs to send to starving children across the world.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), the Phoenix Mercury and DCS partnered to hold the first Scoops and Hoops event where foster families volunteered to hand pack meals at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday afternoon.
“I am proud to have worked side-by-side with so many foster parents, children in foster care, DCS employees and their families for a great cause,” said DCS Director Greg McKay. “Foster families already sacrifice an enormous amount to care for abused and neglected children. So it was inspiring to see these families giving even more of their time to help starving children around the world.”
The 39,000 meals packed on Saturday will feed 185 kids for one year.
“FMSC’s mission is to feed God’s starving children (who are) hungry in body and spirit. This event was a perfect example of fulfilling that mission. While the meals we packed will feed starving children around the world, we were also able to feed the spirits of so many wonderful foster families and the DCS staff that supports them,” said Janine Skinner, Feed My Starving Children’s development advisor. “It was an incredible experience to have them join us and to watch the power of kids feeding kids. I hope every child who joined us understands what a huge impact they made at our event.”
As part of the event, foster families received a free dinner, tickets to the Phoenix Mercury game, and the satisfaction that they contributed to combating malnutrition across the world.
Arizona Helping Hands also generously donated 300 backpacks stuffed with school supplies so the kids who attended the event could get back-to-school ready while volunteering their time to help feed children.
You can help too
DCS always welcomes support for children in foster care from the business or non-profit community.
If you own a business or are part of an organization looking for ways to help children in foster care, consider holding an event for foster families to enjoy or reserve a few places at your event for foster families to attend.
For more information on how you can include foster families in your next event, contact the DCS Community Liaison at [email protected].