Tonight, I took Drew and we went over to St. Joseph’s food pantry to help shelve some of the food that we brought over from The 100th Day Food Drive my school held two weeks ago. In total our school had collected about 150 bags of food. Half of it went to St. Joe’s, so with 75 bags of food just from Tuscan School, plus all the other donations that were there, a lot needed to be done. I wanted to bring Drew along. He was a big help in getting the program started at Tuscan School. When he was in second grade, he won a “Littlest Volunteer Award.” He received $50 to use towards his project. In his essay for the contest, he had written that he would buy bins to hold the food that was collected by all of the classes. Together, he and I went to Target, bought large bins and distributed them to the classrooms in the school. We used them for a few years until they dwindled down and the bags became easier for transporting.
Mr. and Mrs. Blaesser, parents of very good friends of ours, help to keep the St. Joe’s food pantry running smoothly. They were so grateful for the food and when we dropped it off, we asked if they needed help on sorting night, (tonight.) They said they could never predict how many people would be able to come to sort so they said they would be happy to have us help. It was a big night for volunteers. At least 25 people must have shown up to help out. Volunteers of all ages were there to help. Such a nice thing to see.
The shelves were nearly empty when we arrived. By the time all of the food was sorted, the shelves were filled. What a sight! Thursday night, all that food gets bagged up for families to pick up on Saturday. A large amount of it gets delivered to home-bound seniors. I am sure that despite the amount that was there tonight, after Thursday, there will be very little once again. There is such a dire need for food and every little bit helps.
For the rest of the month, the studio where I have been taking classes, Viva Z, is holding a food drive. They will donate all items collected to the food pantry as well. Collecting and donating food is not hard to do and it is so needed. I am sure there is a food pantry somewhere near you that would be grateful to receive anything that you are able to donate. Spread the word and give what you can.