March 8, 2011
Restoring Hope’s first project!
We had our first project last night at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. We had 9 adults, 2 teens, and 6 children.
Our goal was to pack as many potatoes as we could from 50lb bags to 5lb bags. These bags will then go on the mobile food pantry on Wednesday that helps under-served areas.
How does this help people?
1) items can be bought much cheaper if purchased bulk. This then enables more food to be bought with donor’s gifts. If this is done each time—it enables up to 1 more TRUCKLOAD per month be purchased!!
2) A lot of the pantries are staffed by retired people who struggle to lift 50lb bags and then have to bag it out themselves. This will help those volunteers by having the food already bagged and in manageable weights for them.
We had a great time on our trial run. The fun thing about it is that it easy to talk while bagging so we had some great fellowship as well.
We bagged 680 5lb bags of potatoes! The kids were super helpers as well.
The best part was when one of our adults asked “When do we come back?”
At the end we prayed for the families that these bags would go to and asked for God to meet their needs.
Is this something that you would be interested in doing?
A group can possibly be scheduled to come in and work during the day. If it’s a group with kids—we would have to look at a special time in the evening as kids aren’t allowed in the warehouse during the day due to safety issues.
If you’d like to join us in this project, email me firstname.lastname@example.org
LOTS of potatoes went through these hands!
Our bag counters! :)