Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a Minnesota-based, Christian food charity with a Tempe meal-packing site, has arranged for nearly 600,000 meals to be shipped to Japan with possibly more to come as other aid organizations request its food. In an arrangement made late Wednesday, the first 50,000 meals from FMSC are already on their way to Tokyo on a shipment with Convoy of Hope, a distribution partner working in the Far East. Convoy of Hope had originally planned the shipment for the Philippines, but decided to divert the FMSC meals to immediate relief efforts in Japan.

Convoy of Hope has reserved another 542,000 meals that will be shipped out of the Eagan and Coon Rapids, Minnesota, warehouses of FMSC early next week, bound for ocean liners to Japan. So far, the meals for Japan are already packed and in storage, but volunteers and donors are needed every day to keep FMSC's meal pipeline full for the nearly 70 countries the charity serves. In the Greater Phoenix area, FMSC has a packing site at 7965 S. Priest Drive, Suite 106, Tempe (open Thursdays 6 to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to donate, visit www.fmsc.org/donate/japanrelief . Or give an immediate gift of $10 by texting "manna" to 50555.

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