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JustServe volunteers in the Chicago, Illinois, area adapted a Church building to become an approved food processing facility — and then packaged more than 85,000 meals for children in need.

Hundreds of children in Haiti and the Philippines have now received those meals, thanks to the collaboration between JustServe and the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children. The project took fundraising, weeks of planning and training, and hundreds of volunteers working long hours over three days in December. 

The effort began when a member of the Schaumburg Illinois Stake reached out to the area JustServe specialists with the idea of setting up a mobile unit from Feed My Starving Children. Then those specialists, Jairo and Martha Mejia, brought the stake leadership on board and called three leaders to help coordinate everything.

“Checking HVAC filters, the temperature of the room, the bathrooms, putting the hand-washing stations in — many many details,” said Jairo Mejia. “One of the challenges was that we needed to enter a forklift into the building. So one of the doors had to be removed.”

Everything had to be done according to food handling safety requirements, and they took additional precautions because of COVID-19.

The Schaumburg Illinois Stake center was transformed. But they also needed 450 volunteers. 

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