TFJO Event Success

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Remsen St. Mary's Sandy Augustine Memorial Gym was buzzing with activity on Tuesday, April 11 as well as the day before in preparation for the Then Feed Just One (TFJO) packaging date. Eighteen meal assembly lines were set up for the mass packaging of life-supporting meals. The meals consist of rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and a vitamin formula with the vitamins and minerals geared especially for those suffering from malnutrition. The food packets, which will make a meal for six, will be distributed to orphanages and feeding stations in Honduras. All St. Mary's School students and their teachers worked in packaging meals along with participants form MMCRU middle and high school students and adults from the Remsen and Marcus area. The sacrificial giving of all of these individuals who worked along with donations from the public paid for food product and shipping to Honduras. In a morning and afternoon shift totaling three hours, 92,664 lifesaving meals were packaged. The Christian Leadership Team (CLT) led by Mrs. Kris Schiltz took on a major role in the planning of the event. Senior leaders from MMCRU helped with the set up the night before and worked with CLT to keep product available, boxed meals packed on pallets, and being vigilant in detecting problems on the assembly line that might hinder progress. Dick Sievert, a director with TFJO with headquarters in Le Mars, was on hand for the day and sent this post-event message. "Wow! We had another great day of packing food at Remsen St. Mary's. Quite honestly the event is always held at St. Mary's but includes the entire community, including the Remsen Union and Marcus Meriden Cleghorn School, as well as members from the community. The student leadership (the guys and gals in blue) were awesome and worked very hard to make this a meaningful day. What a great bunch of young people!" Word was also received on 4/18/17 that the meals packaged in Remsen were on a truck on their way to a golf port in Mississippi. Thanks to all of you who helped through your work and contributions. A special thanks to all teachers and staff of both RSM and MMCRU for altering their schedules to enable their students to spend two hours of the day in packaging. A Corporal Work of Mercy - Feeding the Hungry - became a reality in a big way on this day, April 11, 2017, in Remsen, Iowa, through the cooperation of the Marcus & Remsen communities.