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From its beginnings, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) has worked to develop a food mixture that would be easy and safe to transport, simple to make with only boiling water, and culturally acceptable worldwide.

With the input of scientists from major food companies in the Twin Cities area—including Cargill and General Mills—FMSC developed MannaPackRice, a formula consisting of:


  1. Rice, the most widely accepted grain around the world.

  2. Extruded soy nuggets, providing maximum protein at lowest cost.

  3. Vitamins, minerals and a vegetarian flavoring to give growing children the critical nutritional elements they need.

  4. Dehydrated vegetables for flavor and nutrition.

Packaged in small pouches, this easy-to-prepare food blend has won rave reviews all over the world. While the formula was designed to save the lives of severely malnourished and starving children, the ingredients also improve the health, growth and physical well-being of children who are no longer in immediate danger of starvation. A team of food scientists continues to monitor the FMSC formula to ensure that it meets nutritional needs of the world’s hungry children.


A single bag of food—which provides highly nutritious meals for six children—costs around $1.32 to produce, and 92 percent of all donations to FMSC go directly toward the food program.


This product name was chosen to capture both the nourishing qualities of the supplement and FMSC’s spiritual mission by using the word manna, which the dictionary defines as:


  1. In the Bible, the food miraculously provided for the Israelites in the wilderness during their flight from Egypt.

  2. Spiritual nourishment of divine origin.

  3. Something of value that a person receives unexpectedly.

Nelson's Story

“Around the village Nelson was referred to as ‘Pa Bezwen’. In Creole, this means, ‘I don’t need you.’ His own family even used this name for the child.”

Nelson was discovered on a dirt road in Haiti. He had skinny legs, a bloated stomach, and seemed lifeless. He was definitely running a fever and in need of immediate attention.


Nelson’s mother was unable to feed him. He was exposed to the elements without food or water and he resorted to eating dirt to quiet his hunger pains.


Food at Work- Nelson's Story

After eight months of love, attention, and nutritious FMSC meals, Nelson is healthy and thriving! He charms everyone with his beautiful smile and adorable personality.

Please don’t take stories like this one lightly. They are the reason FMSC does this work. Nelson and so many other precious children have a future because of your generosity.

Nelson's Story- One Year Later

Emmanuel's Story

“He Was Just Bones.”

Emmanuel is from a remote village in Uganda. With no parents to take care of him and his three brothers, he often went without food for days at a time.


At two years old, Emmanuel couldn’t walk or talk and was unable to move.  An FMSC food partner in the area heard about his dire situation and started feeding him.


After one year of eating nutritious food every day, Emmanuel weighs 22 pounds. He smiles joyfully and is walking! 

FMSC totally changed their lives. "Before this food, they couldn’t find a way out of their situation. Now they have hope for tomorrow,” said Johnson Lwondo, Co-Founder of RODI.

Food at Work- Emmanuel's Story

Nilo's Story

“Skin hung off of his bony body.
His stomach was swollen and terribly painful.”

At nearly one year old, Nilo weighed only 10 pounds.  A healthy boy his age should weigh twice that!


Skin hung off of his bony body. His stomach was swollen and terribly painful. He didn’t have any energy and wouldn’t eat.


Nilo’s grandmother, Lourdes, brought him down the steep mountainside through thick jungle to get him to FMSC partner International Care Ministries where he was given MannaPack.

After nearly one year of eating FMSC meals, Nilo’s weight doubled. He gained nine pounds. His appetite returned!

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