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Packing over 270,000 meals for Ukrainian refugees — in just one day!

Megan Gingerich
Apr 04, 2023


“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” — Romans 12:4-5 (ESV)

Changing the world starts with just one person … but what if thousands of Christ-followers unite for one shared goal?

On March 3, that’s exactly what happened — and the result was astounding.

In partnership with Liberty University, Feed my Starving Children (FMSC), and Greater Europe Mission (GEM), World Help helped pack and ship over 270,000 meals to Ukrainian refugees in Romania.

Every organization involved played a different role in getting these meals to Ukrainian refugees. First, FMSC provided the food and supplies. Then, Liberty University hosted a seven-hour meal-packing event on campus. Over 1,500 students and faculty, World Help staff, and FMSC staff came out to help put the MannaPack meals together!

Over 1,500 volunteers came out to pack meals for Ukraine
Volunteers spent the day packing essentials to send to Ukrainian refugees

MannaPack meals are primarily comprised of rice, soy, and dehydrated vegetables. They’re also high in vitamins and nutrients that help reverse the effects of malnutrition. These meals are carefully formulated to accommodate cultural dietary restrictions, so they can help feed as many people as possible.

Once all 270,000 meals were packed, we took them to the World Help Humanitarian Aid Distribution Center to be loaded into a massive shipping container. With the help of our incredible donors, the meals were shipped off to Romania!

When the container arrives, GEM will take over and make sure every meal is distributed to a Ukrainian refugee in need.

Andrew Zielke, a junior at Liberty University, recently traveled to Romania with GEM and met Ukrainian refugees. After seeing firsthand the enormous need for aid, he was especially moved by how many people took time out of their day to make this event possible. He reminded everyone there of the difference it’ll make in refugees’ lives, both physically and spiritually.

Over 1,500 volunteers came out to pack meals for Ukraine
Each volunteer worked diligently to ensure a smooth and efficient process

“[We] didn’t just pack meals. God’s love is going out with these meals,” Andrew said. “With every meal someone in Ukraine receives, the Spirit of God will go with them. I believe that every one of [us] has made a huge impact in the lives of the Ukrainian people.”

This packing event was just one example of what can happen when people join forces to change the world. And the work doesn’t stop here — we’re just getting started!

Are you looking for similar ways you can get involved in meeting urgent needs around the world? Come volunteer with us at our Humanitarian Aid Distribution Center to help sort and pack more lifesaving aid for refugees and other people in need.

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