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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Volunteering Rocks" the Second Harvest Food Bank

Last week my friend and colleague Rich Amooi from Hey Mr. DJ organized a volunteer team to meet at the Second Harvest Food Bank to participate in a food sort.

This is where the food that has been donated is removed from large bins and sorted by type and size. There were two teams, sorters and the packers. I thought I'd try being a packer so I took over the spot for rice, beans and pasta. Each had to be packed into separate boxes. Because these aren't plentiful items I also helped out with the miscellaneous foods which is the busiest category.

Claudia Akers and Amy Frugoli were there. In fact most of the pictures of the food sort were taken by Amy because I was so focused on volunteering it completely slipped my mind to bring my camera :)

Robbie Shclosser and Lucie Silveira pause for a quick snapshot in front of the canned vegetables.

Our wedding team in this picture consisted of Claudia Akers scrunched down behind me boxing tuna, Lt Beaton with her hands full of cans, Eileen Chiu holding the #5 bag and Elley Ho beside her.

Rich Amooi, Claudia Akers, Amy Frugoli, me, Lt Beaton, Cara Laine and Jessie Garcia

If you can make a food donation what the food bank is in most need of are:

Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup), tuna/canned meat, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, low sugar cereals, 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes, canned fruit packed in its own juice, and low salt canned vegetables.

To put together a volunteer team like Rich did you can visit the Volunteer Page of the food bank website by CLICKING HERE. It's two hours of your time, a great work out and a great way to support the less fortunate in your community.

If you don't have the time to volunteer there are many other ways to support Second Harvest. A wide variety of ways to give are available CLICK HERE to learn how:

Cash Gifts
Credit Card Donations by Fax or Mail
Non-perishable Food Donations
Wholesale Donations of Food
Memorial and Honorary Gifts
Monthly Harvest Club
Gifts of Stock
Leave a Legacy through a Planned Gift

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