Volunteering at Freestore Foodbank

Saturday afternoon, I joined others in a big (huge!) warehouse for the Freestore Foodbank, in Cincinnati.
We made “Power Packs” for school children.
Here’s what I learned:
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1. More than 13 million (million!!) American children live in households with uncertain access to food which supports a healthy life.
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2. (So,) donations of food items come in – from grocery stores, local partnerships, and community members.
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3. Volunteers (like me) unload the pallets of donated food and pack sacks. (“Power Packs”).__
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4. These Power Packs are distributed to schools. Our warehouse serves 105 sites across the greater metropolitan area of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
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5. These Power Packs are given to school children on Fridays so they can go home with power food to carry them over until the next school day, Monday. You see, our kids who qualify for free or reduced lunches get those lunches only on school days, so these packs keep them going over the weekend.
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(excerpted quote) “Those children can come to class and learn instead of focusing on their empty bellies….” (unquote). –Heidi Becker, Coordinator for the Power Pack Program with Freestore Foodbank, as printed in their newsletter.
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Feeding America is the national association of affiliated food banks, which includes Freestore Foodbank. Feeding America is the largest hunger relief organization, connecting community food pantries in every state of America.
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To find out who to contact in your local area and how, visit the Feeding America website.  On this page is a search bar for your zip code.
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Another option is to sign up to Volunteer in your local area. The direct link to their Website is:  feedingamerica.org.
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Contact Feed America or any soup kitchen, food bank or shelter local to you to find out what they need and how you can help out.
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And found on the Feeding America website and on You Tube, I hit the “share” button to bring you this uplifting video.
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We Can Do It!

Since the latest political shift in our American society, people are taking a stand in unprecedented numbers — this latest wake makes it difficult to remain neutral.

In January 2017, our Capitol’s front steps saw the largest political demonstration in fifty years; a plea for human rights and equality. Our country hadn’t had such a large turnout since the days of the Vietnam War protest, back in the days I was born.

Eleanor Roosevelt had written a daily column for a syndicated newspaper; these ranged from women’s issues to general humanitarian causes. She was not just another First Lady. She was a changemaker.

 

  My great-grandmother penned an  advice column for women, Dear Polly Potter”. xxx

It ran in a  newspaper many years before Dear Abby. She was not just my role model. She made a positive difference in her community.

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Likewise, we needn’t be just another concerned community citizen.

Through our chosen venue, we too can influence others.

As a Creative Nonfiction Writer and Memoirist, I see my passions include equal rights, advocacy for the homeless, and support groups which don’t isolate members. I’ve been adversely subjected to these problems in society, yet overcame them through action. Not many people can say the same, but many people are affected by these concerns….

The neighborhood I work in is in the heart of a big city, saturated with homeless folks. I put this concern in writing and it is now published in the inaugural issue of One Person’s Trash Literary Journal, even without any journalistic experience.

Like Eleanor Roosevelt, I believe I am making a difference, and I see differences all around me, thanks to my writing.

How will you influence change?

What will you do today to make a positive difference?

For a feel-good-story to get us started, check out the link to this photo (click on the photo), below:

Photo from Newsner

We can make a difference in our communities!

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