This is a guest blog post from our young hunger fighter Lee about his volunteering experience at the Food Bank.
My name is Lee and I am an eighth grader in Austin ISD. I’m also in the Boy Scouts. One of the requirements for a Boy Scout merit badge I am working on is to plan and carry out a project that involves the participation of your family. Since I have volunteered at the Central Texas Food Bank before, I decided to pick an organization that helps people feed their families for my family project.
The work you do is not all that hard and some parts are kind of fun. It is also fun knowing that you are making a difference.
Mrs. Long from the Food Bank helped me pick my project, which was to work in the kitchen where the meals get prepared on one day and then help distribute the food on the following day. It is a lot of work to package and distribute food. But in the end, you look back at what you did and you feel proud. Not just because of the work you did, but also because you know that you just helped give somebody a healthy meal they might not have been able to afford on their own.
There are a lot of people who can’t afford healthy food and you can help them.
I have volunteered a number of times at the Central Texas Food Bank, but this was the first time I had actually gone to a food distribution site.
It was fun getting to see and visit with the people you are helping. We got to spend time with a number of first, second, and third graders at one of Austin’s recreation centers.
There are a lot of ways you can help the community but none are as important as helping people feed their families.
If you or your family is in need of food, I encourage you to contact the Central Texas Food Bank. If you or your family can help, I encourage you to give what you can. My family and I have seen the difference it makes.