Volunteering to Change Community Hunger

—–Saturday was another day of volunteering. I met with others also concerned with issues of hunger in our community.

I chatted with another volunteer, saying, “I used to be on the receiving end; now I’m on the giving end”

 

Assembly line style, with good spirits, we bellied up to a conveyor belt and boxed up gift packages of food to later be handed out to elderly folks. We filled several pallets.

Then, we switched gears to make Power Packs for school children.
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 I worked alongside a young guy whose mom worked across from me. His name is Eli and a sixth-grader. Helping his mom helped him to see that some kids could go hungry if it wasn’t for his help. He doesn’t have to worry about hunger but understands some kids do.
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Essentially, these Power Packs are “sack lunches,” each with plenty of stuff to keep a kid eating from when they leave school on Friday until they return on Monday.
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Kids who qualify for free or reduced lunches get these lunches only on school days, so these packs keep them going over the weekend.
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These Power Packs are distributed to schools. Our warehouse serves 105 sites across the greater metropolitan area of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

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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And you can sign up to Volunteer  in your local area.
The direct link to their Website is:
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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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Not affiliated with my Saturday’s volunteerism, a video by Unicef which I found on You Tube especially touched my heart.
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Well-spoken by fourteen-year-old Firdaus Ahmad Farouk from Kuala Lumpur, he is an active volunteer for a soup kitchen to feed the hungry and homeless. He was one of three winners for the inaugural Tuanku Bainun Young Changemakers Awards 2015.
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Thank you Firdaus Ahmad Farouk for your message. Here’s the 2-minute video:

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We can make a difference!
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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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