Over the course of two days in May, 1,018 volunteers in the San Ramon Valley and beyond — many from Interfaith–San Ramon Valley (I-SRV) and local schools — prepared 212,000 life-saving meals for malnourished children in other countries. The event, funded through the local community and the LDS Humanitarian Services in Salt Lake City, benefited a program called Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).
“The thing that’s unique about this program is you can bring the whole family,” said Phil Bachelor, a coordinator for the local branch of JustServe.org and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints Stake Center in Danville who, along with Jen Wright, helped coordinate this year’s event with I-SRV.
“It’s a rare project where you can involve 5-year-olds in a meaningful way.”The partnership with FMSC started in 2015 when Chris Saunders was in charge of coordinating the annual community service project for the LDS Stake Center in Danville. In the past, they had always completed tasks such as painting schools, which, though they invited the local community, severely limited who could participate and were not overall well-attended by those outside the church.