Food PackingSanta Fe Christian School students, parents and faculty, Friends & Family Community Connection and sailors from the USS RONALD REGAN packed over 200,000 meals on November 21 and 22 to help feed the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. More than two million people are in need of food in the aftermath of the typhoon according to the Philippine government.

Over 1,500 volunteers consisting of K-12 students, faculty, staff, administrators and parents packed meals in the SFC Dome. Additionally, a number of sailors from the USS RONALD REGAN, who recently returned home from a training exercise, served with the SFC community on Thursday afternoon.

Food packages included a variety of staples including rice, soy meal, dried vegetables and vitamin supplements. Friends & Family Connection also provided over 1000 water filters and a variety of toiletry, hygiene and over the counter medications along with the meals.

SFC students earned money to purchase the raw supplies for the food packages. Each food package costs one quarter so by collecting quarters, students could correlate their earnings to individual meals. The Philippines food packaging effort is part of SFC’s annual ‘Give Thanks, Give Back’ school wide service project. Upon conclusion of their service, volunteers signed a banner that will accompany the meals to the Philippines.

Friends & Family Community Connection and their partners have purchased, packaged, and shipped over nine million meals to San Diego County, Haiti & Tanzania, Africa, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Japan, Honduras and Mexico.