The mission was to make 2 million meals in three days for needy children across the globe.
And the volunteers with NorthRidge Church accomplished that with a bit to spare on Sunday: 2,029,536 meals, to be exact.
“They are already en route,” said Brad Powell, a senior pastor, who said the dried meals assembled at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi over the weekend could arrive at their destinations within several days, including Haiti, El Salvador and the Philiipines.
The food will be enough to feed 5,560 kids one meal a day for a year, Powell said. Nearly 9,000 churchgoers from three locations, along with their friends and families, pitched in for the marathon meal packing that began at noon Friday and continued until 4 p.m. Sunday.
The powder just needs water and heat before it is ready to eat. The formula is a mix of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals.
Powell said it was the first time some participants, who worked in two-hour shifts, had ever volunteered to help others, and many were inspired to continue the work.
“It’s not just the people who will be eating whose lives are changed,” said Powell, whose church partnered with Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based nonprofit.
The churches raised the cost of $400,000 in food over the Christmas holidays. In 2011, they packed 1 milllion meals with 5,000 volunteers over three days. To make a donation. go to www.fmsc.org.