Good Morning Reader and Happy Hump Day! 🙂 We are half way through the week! Technically this is my “Friday.” I’m taking off early from work; running some errands and do some last minute chores. Tomorrow, Tony and I will boarding the plane, bright and early to VEGAS. As you can tell I’m pretty damn excited. I’d say its been a long while since I’ve gotten out of the City and on a vacation with my close loved ones. So stay tune to my Instastory!
Today, I wanted to reflect on my experience at Feeding San Diego. This past weekend, my homegirl Cathy invited Tony and myself to volunteer at Feeding San Diego. When Cathy first told me, I jumped at the opportunity to do so. I know Tony has been wanting to do volunteer work and I thought this would be perfect. Phillip was supposed to come through as well but unfortunately he got sick so it was just three of us.
I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. We arrived, we checked in, and we were waiting on instructions. There were amazing staff members who were very informative and thankful to have us there volunteering that morning. I was more impressed by the kid whom was named Team Leader and his extensive vocabulary. He has dedicated a lot of his time volunteering at Feeding San Diego and earned his way of being Team Leader. He was probably 8 or 9 years old. That kid is going to go so far in life.
With a huge group of other volunteers including members of Mercy and the Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations, we walked back into the warehouse where we would be split in smaller teams to pack fresh produce. One of the staff members gave “thanks” to us at the beginning for our volunteer service.
Did you know?:
- 1 in 8 people in San Diego County are food insecure; that’s approximately 360,530 people.
- 1 in 6 children in San Diego County don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
- 36% of children at risk for hunger are not eligible for federal nutrition programs.
- And the average cost of a meal in San Diego County is $3.23. That’s higher than the national average ($3.03).
These are absolute facts. Isn’t it crazy?!
Tony, Cathy and myself were designated with other team members to sort through giant boxes of apples to examine the good and the bad. All the good apples went into a crate and transferred over to the conveyor belt where the other volunteers would package up to 4lbs of fresh apples to distribute. We all took turns – sorting through apples, transferring, packing, weighing, etc. It was an amazing two hours of hard work, effort, and fun. It feeds a good soul.
At the end of it, I told Cathy we should get our group of friends together and do it again. I told Tony we should try and make a once of month kind of thing.
I’m sure you guys know me well enough after several blog posts to know that I am the type of person who always put others before me. I enjoy giving back others. It was a great experience and I look forward to doing it again.
I want you all to consider how much food gets wasted on a daily basis. Approximately one-third of the food produced in the WORLD for consumption either gets lost or wasted. That’s about 1.3 billion tons. It’s a hard fact to swallow.
I wouldn’t want you to dwell on the facts but I’d like to you consider during your next meal or the meal after that, to be less wasteful because there are starving individuals in the world. We may be fortunate to be living in the first world but understand there are still people in the first world who are starving and don’t know when their next meal will be.
It’s easy to assume someone’s situation especially as to why one may not have food on the table… or even have a table to put food on. But remember, you don’t know their situation so be kind, don’t judge and have an open mind and heart.
I challenge all of you to volunteer. Educate yourselves, learn more about your community and give back.
If you’re living in San Diego and you’re interested in volunteering at Feeding San Diego, here is the link to their website: feedingsandiego.org. I promise this wasn’t an ad; I’m not any way sponsored by the organization. Coming from heart, I promise it is an awarding experience if you get out there and volunteer.
I hope you all enjoyed reading about my volunteer experience. I had a great time and I hope you get out there and do the same. It was one of the best volunteer experiences I’ve had.
Until the next post,
With love and support,