Coyotes staff cook thousands of meals for local nonprofit
The pack started racing.
Meals, that is.
On Tuesday, Arizona Coyotes staff volunteered at Feed My Starving Children, a national nonprofit with multiple packing locations across the country. The event took place at the charity’s Mesa site, where community volunteers, including 70 Coyotes staff, packed 108 boxes containing more than 23,000 meals – three full pallets of food – which will be distributed to malnourished and starving children around the world.
The task was simple, as the volunteers split into groups and cooked meals for about two hours, working together for a global cause.
The impact, however, has been immense.
“Today was an amazing day as it was a chance to be a part of this effort to feed children around the world with this amazing Feed My Starving Children organization,” said Coyotes President and CEO. , Xavier A. Gutierrez. “They are so inspiring, and for us to be here and make a difference, it was wonderful. Plus, it was a great opportunity for us to come together as an organization.”
The latest meal shipment has been sent to needy children in Guatemala, however, Feed My Starving Children distributes its food parcels to almost every part of the world. According to its website, food is sent to 39 countries in Africa, 16 in Asia, 14 in the Caribbean, 10 in Europe, 10 in the Middle East, 10 in North and Central America and eight in America. from South.
Sabra Mraz, Development Advisor for Feed My Starving Children, has witnessed the devastation caused by famine in many countries supported by the association. She said the organization is always looking for additional volunteers and donors to help its cause.
“I’ve been to other countries where I’ve detained children who were 14 pounds instead of 50 pounds,” Mraz said. “I think it makes such an impression on your heart when you see it. We can really impact lives, make a difference and keep children alive.”
Mraz said the Mesa facility is the best facility in the country in terms of volunteers and meal packing, but those efforts alone are only part of the battle. The charity also needs donations to operate effectively, as packaged food is purchased with these funds.
Efforts have taken a hit since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Feed My Starving Children is still feeling the impact as they still run halfway. 125 volunteers are allowed to pack per session, compared to about 300 in pre-pandemic days.
Anyone interested in volunteering or making a donation can learn more about the organization website. Although groups often use it as a way to give back to the community while engaging in team-building activities, individuals are also welcome.
“Never be afraid to come on your own,” Mraz said. “It’s such an uplifting and fun experience, it doesn’t matter if you come with a group or if you come alone. You’re going to have fun, but more than that, you’re helping people. It’s an uplifting experience, but at the same time, you save lives.
For the Coyotes, the occasion was a rewarding experience, both for the individuals who participated and collectively as a group. Tuesday’s community service event highlighted the organization’s commitment to giving back.
“I think what it shows is that it’s not just us directing people to these things, but it’s really part of who we are and what we value as a band,” he said. Gutierrez said. “You’re talking about a group that embraces these moments to make a difference, that loves being with each other, that’s full of joy, hope and happiness, and that knows that we can really make a difference.”
In terms of donations, the breakdown is quite simple: a single meal costs about 24 cents, and $88 feeds a child for an entire year. Feed My Starving Children has several ways to contribute, whether through a one-time donation or a subscription to contribute a recurring amount each month.
Either way, the organization is grateful for the help it is providing as it continues to provide an essential service to the most needy children around the world.
“You give hope to these kids in countries that could have a meal today, and we really appreciate the Coyotes who come out and volunteer their time,” Mraz said. “We are grateful to Arizona and their dedication in this process.”