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Libertyville Board Grants Permit for Meal-Packing Facility

Feed My Starving Children plans to open its facility in November.

Libertyville trustees voted unanimously Aug. 14 to issue a special use permit to Feed My Starving Children, a dry meal packing organization that .

The Minnesota-based, Christian nonprofit is preparing to open an 18,000-square-foot meal-packing facility. The Libertyville facility will likely bring in more than 180,000 volunteers per year.

"We're very optimistic and hopeful for the amount of food we can pack in this packing site," said Pat Swanke, director of operations for Feed My Starving Children.

She added that at full capacity, volunteers will be able to pack 40 million meals at the Libertyville site.

This will be the third Feed My Starving Children site in the Chicago area, the other two being in Schaumburg and Aurora.

The basic meal that volunteers will pack is called the MannaPack Rice. Designed by food scientists at Cargill and General Mills, the product consists of rice, extruded soy nuggets, dehydrated vegetables, and a blend of 20 vitamins and minerals.

"It's the perfect food for a malnourished child," Mark Crea, executive director and chief executive officer of Feed My Starving Children, has said of the food. The meals are easily cooked in water.

Swanke said the organization's leaders hope to open the Libertyville site the first week of November.

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Brian L. August 16, 2012 at 01:07 PM
So what's wrong with trying to help a current problem that exists? We aren't going to stop the world from procreating and even if we do, people still will starve. So I see nothing wrong with trying to help those who need to eat. Compassion isn't a bad thing, religious or not. If you can't afford/don't want to provide food then that's ok. Instead of complaining about people trying to help feed others, buy thousands of condoms or raise money and donate them to the United Nations Population Fund. They are trying to do what you so desire.
Dave Bell August 16, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Hey Donny, Of course I remember it. I was there at the first Earth Day. Do you think the consequences are NOT unfolding precisely as predicted? Are the oceans dying from over-fishing? (of course they are); are waterways, even here in the U.S., still unable to provide adequate clean water? (of course they), are species disappearing at an frightening pace due to habitat appropriation and wilderness destruction? Of course they are, indeed according to Harvard biologist and Nobel Laureate, E.O. Smith there is a certain looming collapse of bio-diversity. But of course to a no doubt self satisified human who places no value on bio-diversity, wilderness/habitat, etc. seeing such things from the vantage of your Lay Z Boy is obviously impossible.
Donny August 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Those reports had billions, BILLIONS of people dying of starvation in the 1990's - Tens of millions just here in the USA. So sorry to break it to you but the consequences are not even close as predicted. The earth is 2/3 water, there is plenty of clean water. Could you direct us patch readers to a few links on species disappearing, cause your frightening claim is BS.
Donny August 17, 2012 at 12:01 AM
BTW I am a father of five. We love to use styrofoam plates and plastic disposable cups. Old fashion light bulbs, I have over a hundred in my big house. And my cars they are old. I dodge the pollution controls and state testing by selling my junk cars between spouses each year. The re-registration fees for ten years are cheeper than a new exhaust converter that costs thousands. The blue smoke doesn't bother me but I bet it bothers you when you are behind me at a stop light. I burn four cords of wood a year and now with the Village's lower electric bills I can run more bulbs for long and not increase my electric bill. I change my own oil and I dump it into the river, of course when nobody is looking.
Dave Bell August 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I didn't say compassion was bad. MISplaced compassion that perpetuates the problem however is bad, like when the Catholic Church goes to Haiti and hands out food and then tells the people they should have as many children as they can. Again, given 7Bio. people in the world, eighty percent of them as or more impoverished than the average Mexican, there is no limit to the number of heart rending anecdotes. The only real hope is to attack the problem in a holistic manner premised on a sustainable fertility level. Remember it took all of human history to reach 1 Bio. circa 1900. Now seven times that it will double again in the next thirty to forty years. Simplistic people, dull-witted people unable to connect the dots (like "Donny" below) are incapable of understanding the import of this demographic (i.e., if there is not a single event catastrophe there is no problem as lone as "I have mine"), but the dire prognosis it portends is grim.

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