Ooh, my favorite!

San Francisco Food Bank
May 3, 2010, 1:24 pm
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I had a blast volunteering at the food bank warehouse last week. The volunteer coordinators, our group leader, and everyone there were all so fun. I’m already signed up for my next day later this week!

I was assigned with a group of Gap Inc. employees, so there were about 10 of us volunteering, and an additional 10 who were employees. Our task for our shift was to sort and pack oranges. To save money, some of the goods are received in bulk pallets and have to be re-packaged for delivery throughout the city.

The warehouse is just like a Costco inside, and it was hustling and bustling with people and carts scurrying about. It was spotless and really well organized. (I’ve been on a mission to reorganize my pantry, so the organization was one of the first things I noticed.)

These oranges were donated because they didn’t fit the bill for supermarket selling–mostly for cosmetic reasons. Anything that wasn’t able to be consumed was tossed into a bin where it’d be taken and used as food on a pig farm.

In three hours we were able to pack and move 15,000 pounds of oranges that will go on to help feed about 78,000 people a day. Sadly, our group leader, Will, told me that a majority of the fruit will go to school lunch programs for underprivileged kids, and in many cases it may be the only piece of fruit they have all week. I definitely look at oranges (and all of my fresh fruits and veggies) with a different appreciation.

Thanks so much to Sandhya at Livin Wide for organizing her Blog It On event. What a great idea!

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Thanks for volunteering and blogging about your good experience! We so appreciate all your work – and you can bet some very happy kids will enjoy those oranges.

You might want to check out our Hunger Challenge, where many bloggers participate every September: http://www.HungerChallenge.com

Comment by Gayle

I had so much fun! Wow, $4 a day on the Hunger Challenge, I’ll definitely mark it on my calendar. I would love to try this out.

Comment by Natira

Thank you for volunteering at the San Francisco Food bank!

Comment by sffoodbank

Thank you so much, I had a great time. Thanks to you guys for running such a wonderful program.

Comment by Natira

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