The founder and CEO of the Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes area, John Poston started this charity in 2012. John spent most of his career in corporate retail executive management. He retired to the Brainerd Lakes area to care for his aging parents. John began volunteering with Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge organization and would often travel with a van load of program participants from Brainerd to Coon Rapids to help pack food at Feed My Starving Children.
Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton were preparing for retirement in 2003. When at the request of friends, the Union, Iowa couple participated in a volunteer mission to Tanzania to help renovate a leprosy hospital to include an HIV/AIDS clinic and care facility. Guess what happened next?
Based in Union, IA, The Corporate Outreach Program is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation that organizes food packaging events around the country. With more than 300 million meals packaged to date, the organization’s mission is to provide food, safe water, education, and medical care to those in need at home and abroad.
The Outreach Program of Brainerd Lakes packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving children and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States. The goal of the organization is for its meals to provide a stable nutritional base from which recipient families can move their families from starvation to self-sufficiency.