Mike Winn is committed to eradicating global hunger. The director of software engineering at Cox Automotive’s Autotrader has volunteered with a nonprofit organization called Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) for 10 years, after first hearing about the organization through his church.
An Innovative Approach to Hunger
FMSC’s mission is to make a difference in world hunger by providing nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, developed by food science and nutrition professionals. Donations fund the meal ingredients and volunteers hand-pack the meals, which are then donated to food partners around the world. The innovative approach to addressing malnutrition is what first attracted Mike to the organization — and inspired him to volunteer.
FMSC delivers easy-to-digest, nutritionally-rich rice-based meals called Manna-Packs, which are designed to accommodate the unique nutritional needs of those they’re serving. “A child’s starving body can’t immediately tolerate a lot of foods,” said Mike. “You can’t just send a box of Spaghetti-O's and expect it to make a difference.”
Mike is one of the primary organizers of the annual From Hunger to Hope event through FMSC. Over four days in March, more than 4,000 volunteers from Atlanta’s local schools, churches, area businesses, sports teams, scouting troops and civic organizations come together to pack and prepare more than one million meals for shipment.
“It’s an overwhelmingly amazing experience,” said Mike. “It’s a group of thousands of volunteers helping lay the foundation to change the lives of millions of people around the world.”
From Atlanta to the Dominican Republic
In addition to leading the fundraising efforts that helped raise more than $250,000 from more than 40 sponsors (including Cox Automotive), Mike and his family helped deliver meals this year.
Mike, his wife and their adult sons traveled to the Dominican Republic with FMSC to support the delivery of the food they’ve helped prepare for 10 years.
“My family and I have been packing the meals for years, [and] this was the first time we’ve traveled to pass the food out,” he said. “It was a profound experience to see the impact on the children and their families as well as on the future of that community. Feeding someone is the first step in making a real and lasting difference in their lives.”
Learn more about Feed My Starving Children.