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:
1. More than 13 million (million!!) American children live in households with uncertain access to food which supports a healthy life.
2. (So,) donations of food items come in – from grocery stores, local partnerships, and community members.
3. Volunteers (like me) unload the pallets of donated food and pack sacks. (“Power Packs”).__
4. These Power Packs are distributed to schools. Our warehouse serves 105 sites across the greater metropolitan area of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
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.–
—(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.
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.
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.
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.
And found on the Feeding America website and on You Tube, I hit the “share” button to bring you this uplifting video.
We can make a difference!