Today’s summer service day focused on food – how it is something most of us take for granted on a daily basis. It is there when we want it – and even when we don’t, we know it is there. For many though, easy access to three meals each day is not a given.
Our morning was spent with Backpack Buddies, a volunteer-run organization which provides weekend food items for students in need at all of our public schools. You see, while they are in school, breakfast and lunch are readily available. But once they get home, dinner may not be. The program has expanded to include summer food bags which ensure these students will have meals even when school is not in session. Our campers completed 337 bags in less than one hour – we think that may be a record!
After lunch and hiding kindness rocks at Balfour Park, we visited Second Harvest of South Georgia, a non-profit which provides low-cost food to partner organizations such as Backpack Buddies. Our task: sort, organize, and pack 1-ton boxes of donated food items from the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive held this past May. Our campers completed more than 10 of these giant boxes, allowing these food items to be available to local hunger relief agencies and their clients.
It was a great day of doing good. It is days like this that make us proud!