Packing Backpacks At The Los Angeles Food Bank!NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | April 12, 2010 at 8:57 pm
The plane had barely landed, and lunch and not even digested before we were whisked off to the LA Food Bank. Did I mind? Not one bit. In fact many media trips leave me feeling like an audience. I love it when we get to be an active part of a program. More so when working in a food bank. I had volunteered some years back in the Boston Food Bank so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. Only then I was part of the team to inspect donated food and sort out and on this trip we were going to pack backpacks. Does that leave you feeling confused? I was too at first.
The program is one that gives a kid a backpack in school packed with food and that assists for the week. In no way is it meant to be the sole food for the week but meant to assist in ensuring some basics are provided. These bags would be brought in to be returned and another back loaded would be given in return. By the condition of the bags you could see that there was wear and tear on them. There is something tingly about touching food that you know will head to someone in need. It is so tangible unlike money and that you can feel pretty confident knowing it would feel a hungry belly.
There is loads of information at the Child Hunger Ends Here Site that I would love to see more and more rallies held. You can do so much more than you imagine. Every little bit helps money, food and volunteering. And if you have some idea be sure to share it so you can enter to win a gift basket (including the Desperate Housewives DVD). I really wish to see more community involvement in such an important cause.
In the Boston Area? I will be holding my rally on May 6th at the Burlington Mall in MA! Contact me for more details or keep reading for details. Speaking of details, make sure you stay tuned for details of our day on Wisteria Lane.
Disclosure: As part of the ongoing End Child Hunger Project our flights and accommodation expenses were covered.