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Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Day, has become known as a Day of Service. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the Grapevine area, First United Methodist Church invites you to help make a difference in the lives of hungry and malnourished children in the world. The Kids Against Hunger project involves packaging nutritious meals to be shipped to areas in the world where they are most needed. The church has set a goal this year to collect $10,000 which will provide 43,475 meals! We will package the meals on MLK Day, January 16 in the Family Life Center of First Methodist Church in Grapevine.

The packaging process is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together. We will package meals that are composed of rice, fortified soy containing 52% protein and nine vitamins, six types of dehydrated vegetables, and a chicken-flavored vitamin powder that contains another 21 vitamins and minerals. They will be sealed in plastic bags and then boxed, ready to go. The meals, once they reach their destination are prepared easily by cooking the bag contents in boiling water for 20 minutes. Individuals only need to eat one cup of the rice casserole daily to acquire all the essential requirements for development and growth. Each package contains six servings. 

Pallets of food will be delivered to FUMC Grapevine, and volunteers will put them together into packages to be shipped around the world. We’ll need about 40 volunteers per shift (from 9 AM to 1 PM) to serve at stations with assigned tasks (like measuring a portion of soy, rice, seasoning, nutrients, etc. into a plastic bag, sealing, etc.). Each bag contains six meals (all dry), grouped, packed into a box and sealed for delivery. Children and youth are welcome to serve as well. Childcare is provided. If you’d like to help, register at Please let us know if you will be taking advantage of childcare so that we can have enough nursery workers available.

First United Methodist Church is located at 422 Church Street, one block west of Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine. For more information about this or other ministry opportunities, visit or call 817-481-2559.

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