Almost 5 million meals with the protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals to sustain hungry children and their families will be headed from Minnesota to Somalia, thanks to a four-day food-packing marathon at the St. Paul RiverCentre sponsored by Feed My Starving Children.
Somalia is experiencing severe drought after two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall. In the worst affected areas, lack of water has wiped out crops and killed livestock, forcing people to sell their assets and borrow food and money to survive.
In March, the United Nations said at least 6.2 million people — about half the country — were grappling with acute food shortages. Over a two-day period, at least 110 people died of hunger in just a single region, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire told National Public Radio.
Feed My Starving Children, in conjunction with Love, Somalia, has already shipped 3.5 million meals to Somalia this year. Its four-day event in …