There have been a few questions that have been, um, frequently asked. Hence, the FAQ’s!
1. How do I give?
A: On day of the next event, click the links that we’ll provide. There are also links to give now. Soon, we’ll have the opportunity to accept your gifts and redistribute them all the time! Check out our GoFundMe campaign to help us become a 501 c3!
After you’ve given, come back to the Facebook page and tell us that you shared. If you’re feeling brave, tell us what you decided to share!
2. Do I have to wait until the day of the next event? I have an important lunch meeting with my boss!
A: No biggie. Do it the next day. Or the previous day. The links and info will be up very soon to give you the ability to participate when you can. Just participate!
3. How do I know that this isn’t a scam?
A: Well, first, we (Small Sacrifice) don’t actually touch any money. I think my grandmother is going to mail me a check because she doesn’t have a cell phone or a PayPal account, but other than that, we’re just traffic cops. We are simply directing the money to the organization that will make your money make a difference. For Share Your Lunch Day, we partnered with Feed My Starving Children, which has over 25 years of experience, and last year delivered over 150 million meals. They received an amazing 4-star and 69/70 rating from Charity Navigator, an esteemed independent charity rating site. Our partner for the smiles campaign was CURE International, which has almost 20 years and almost 2 million patients of experience. Compassion International has been around for almost 70 years and currently helps sponsor over 1 million children. We pick partners that make sense so that you don’t have to do the legwork.
Please, feel free to reach out to Power Packs Project, Feed My Starving Children (contact info here), CURE, and Compassion and ask them about the legitimacy of this endeavor.
Also, Mike and Small Sacrifice have been written about in Fortune Magazine as one of 2015’s “Heroes of the 500.” Fortune does a great job vetting sources!
4. For Share Your Lunch Day, where, geographically, does the food go? Does it stay in the US?
A: Some of the food may stay in the US, but most of the meals do not. From FMSC’s site:
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) targets feeding programs to children
who are in the most severe circumstances, those suffering from severe
malnutrition and threatened with death from starvation. The United
States does not have that level of hunger on a widespread basis. In the
past we have supplied food to an Indian reservation in South Dakota and
to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
We have sent food to nearly 70 countries including Haiti, Sudan,
Jamaica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Lesotho, Liberia, Ghana,
Guatemala, Malawi, Cambodia, East Timor, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, India,
Indonesia, Cameroon, Niger, Colombia, and El Salvador, and to Hurricane
Katrina victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and many more.
5. Are you affiliated with Feed My Starving Children, CURE, Compassion, or any of the other recipient organizations?
A: No, we are totally independent. The toughest part of this journey has been finding a partner for this initiative that is reputable, reliable, and responsible. FMSC hits on all of these, and more. Here’s some reasons why we chose FMSC, and here’s some reasons that we’ve chosen to work with CURE. Here’s some info on Compassion.
6. How do I know that the SMLD food gets where it is going?
A: FMSC has only lost 2 shipments. In 20 years. That’s pretty good.
7. What do you get out of this?
A: We get to watch as kids get fed, lives get saved, people get empowered, and God moves. That, my friend, is rewarding. Otherwise, there is ABSOLUTELY NO MONETARY REWARD for us at all. We don’t get paid, we don’t touch the money, and actually, we pay out of our pocket for marketing, this site, business cards, and other related things.