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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Dave Bell August 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM
What a crock this is. Religious types always feel a need to go over the top with their anthropocentricism. If anything kids in America are over fed, obese, and suffering from obesity related diseases like diabetes. With the plethora of government programs even illegal aliens, among some of the fattest demographic by the way, are force fed by the government. Leave it to the idiot trustees in Libertyville to approve something like this yet squander taxpayer money to try to stop retailers they are uptight about (Lover's Lane) from opening. Suprised they didn't approve the space for more car dealers so we can have even more test drives, car jockeying by illegals with no plates displayed (and ignored by the cops), vendor trucks including semi-s on the side streets, as well as all the noise from this, the sirens and the hospital traffic that now includes helicoptors landing at all hours of the day and night. I can't wait to get out of this town.
Kathryn Hall August 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Dave, most of the food gets sent overseas where there are starving children.
Ana Draa August 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Excellent program, well done to the Libertyville Trustees!
Dave Bell August 15, 2012 at 12:37 PM
@Kathryn, If that's the case fine, but the problem with these religious nuts is that they will NOT do what is absolutely required to solve the problem which is making birth control and family planning available. The Catholics are the worst. Take Haiti for example, where, due to the influence of the Catholic Church in that country, the fertility rate ensures the enduring cycle of subsistence existences and misery. Indeed, any such aid should be tied to compliance to limits on procreation rather than merely provided with naive, misplaced compassion which actually CREATES the problem they profess to be fighting.
M S August 15, 2012 at 01:29 PM
There are kids that go hungry in the USA too. Poverty is as real here as anywhere else. I don't think this article ever said they were Catholic, and even if they were, the meals will feed those who need food, here and overseas. I understand if you're not religious that you might not want a religious organization in town, moreso if they're extremists, and I understand why you'd be upset about an "uptight" attitude but your attitude about the town in general and a charity organization are pretty extreme and assume a lot without much information to back it up. Your problem seems to be bigger than just with the charity, the catholic church, the trustees, the illegal aliens, the car dealers and the hospitals. But if you want to change the world, the way to do it isn't to hate everything indiscriminately. If you think you can do better, then by all means, do. The world could use more charity and less internet trolling.
Dave Bell August 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
With 7,000,000,000,000 people in the world, eighty percent of them more impoverished than the average Mexican, I am well aware there is no shortage of hunger in the world that will only get worse as the figure above doubles again in the next thirty to forty years (despite it having taken all of human history to reach the 1 bio. in 1900). The problem with religion, among other things, is its role as an agent thwarting efforts to reduce human overpopulation (as well as our own government that has forced mass immigration down our throats-to placate cheap labor interests (Republicans) and harvest votes (Dems)-spawning our own domestic population explosion). As for your vacuous comment that I should refrain from trying to change the world through realistic assesment, I posit it is naive, polyanna, do-gooders whose misplaced compassion is not only NOT solving these problems, but causing them in the first place such that it virtually ensures an endless cycle of misery, epitomized by Mother Theresa who said, "Saying there are too many children in the world is like saying there are too many flowers." If you care about your own species, I suggest you research "anthropocentric" vs. "biocentric" environmentalism. If this Malthusian meltdown is not averted (assuming it is indeed not already upon us), your own species is doomed along with all the other creatures about which religion, especially Catholics and Muslims, hold in low regard if not contempt there only serve the needs of humans.
Dave Bell August 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
...by the way, if any kid is going hungry in the U.S. it is not for lack of available remedies.
L August 16, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The fight against world hunger and feed His starving children: Feed My Starving Children provides life-saving meals to people who need them most all over the world — from countries affected by natural disaster to places enduring economic despair.  FMSC meals are distributed in nearly 70 countries through missionary partnerships at orphanages, schools, clinics, refugee camps and malnourishment centers. FMSC believes in sustainability – we don’t simply send one shipment of food to a country. Instead, we continue to provide our mission partners with the food they need to maintain their feeding programs. This map highlights many of the countries we serve. Move your mouse over one of the shaded countries to view the number of meals we shipped to that country during 2011. Use the select box below the map to zoom in on a particular region of the world. Zoom in to: Afghanistan Angola Armenia Azerbaijan Bahamas Bangladesh Belarus Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Chile Colombia Cuba Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Ethiopia Gambia Georgia Ghana Guatemala Guyana Haiti Honduras India Indonesia Iraq Jamaica Kenya Liberia Malawi Mexico Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nicaragua Niger North Korea  Pakistan Panama Peru Philippines Sierra Leone Somalia South Africa Sudan Swaziland Tajikistan Tanzania Togo Uganda Ukraine USA Zambia Zimbabwe
Dave Bell August 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Do you provide contraception education and birth control? Family planning, women's health/reproductive advice/counseling? If not, you are not only wasting your time money (actually your donor's money), but you are the cause of the very problem you profess in all your sanctimony to be solving by ensuring the endurance, as I pointed out above (did you even bother to read what I said?), the very cycle of overpopulation, starvation, environmental degradation...in short a Malthusian nightmare to which you are condemning innocent children with all your sanctimony.
Andee August 16, 2012 at 03:43 AM
This is wonderful news! Thank you to the Libertyville Board!!! Can't wait to pack some food bags!!!!!
Andee August 16, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Great reply M S
Dave Bell August 16, 2012 at 05:15 AM
You would do a greater service by packing some condoms.
Dave Bell August 16, 2012 at 05:16 AM
You would do a greater service to your fellow human beings by packing condoms.
Donny August 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Dave, I will volunteer to help you pack. Anyone else in for helping Dave move?
Donny August 16, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Hey Dave - do you remember all the doom and gloom over-population reports that were issued in the late 1960's early 1970's that had mother earth imploding with mass starvation and death by the late 1990's early 2000's? So explain to me what happened?
Donny August 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Fo sho! We will make this charity a stop on our Christmas list this year.
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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