This year’s Feed My Starving Children effort has thousands of volunteers prepare to pack meals at Cape Girardeau’s Osage Centre. Longtime organizer and a parishioner at LaCroix Church, Linda Tenkhoff says the goal is to pack 925,000 nutritious meals for people in impoverished nations. Last year, the goal was 825,000. They need thirty-six-hundred volunteers. 400 will work in nine two-hour shifts from Friday to Sunday — one shift Friday evening, five shifts Saturday and three shifts Sunday. Meals consist of high-protein dry goods including rice, soy nuggets and dehydrated vegetables and are valued at 22 cents each, or $203,500 worth of food for the Cape Girardeau event. The meals come with flavor packets and can be reconstituted with clean water. The food is distributed to about 70 countries through mission partnerships with schools, orphanages, refugee camps and malnourishment centers.