We didn’t get any pictures of our volunteers packing food this evening. We do have this picture. We are usually finished by this time after we start packing at 6 pm almost 400 bags of food for the kids for 6 schools and Cradles in CC North. And by finished, we mean the food is packed in totes and taken to the vehicles of the volunteers who show up weekly to deliver food to each school! Six tables are taken down and stored and any leftover food is taken back up 2 flights of stairs and stored for the next week First Baptist Church.
Before we pack food, a few behind the scenes volunteers show up around 5:30 pm. They set up those tables. They carry 400 items x 9 down 2 flights of stairs. They organize and mark totes for the schools. They unpack the food, pop apart pudding cups, break down cardboard and haul outside a great deal of trash to the dumpster provided by Wallace Brothers Disposal and Recycling. Then haul out more trash when we are finished.
Also on Wednesday afternoons Marie Bettenbrock picks up the food for Clay City Schools and they pack at 7:30 at Cory Community Church of the Nazarene. Then a volunteer takes the food to the schools.
Sometimes we have a great deal of help and sometimes we have few who are able to help. Sometimes it isn’t pretty and we have a few glitches. Yet, each week the job gets done.
This doesn’t include the volunteers who see that the food gets picked up, loaded and unloaded every month. Let’s not forget the children at McKinley Hill After School Care who are now bagging the cereal for 400 kids a week.
So many people donate their time and money. So many do what they can, when they can and a seemingly impossible task becomes possible.
We stepped out in faith to feed the kids during the school year and our community joined us. We never take that for granted and appreciate every person who gives, helps, prays and tells the story of the kids.
So, we had no plan when we started the School Program. We simply believed in our community and knew hungry children was unacceptable. Someone is in charge and it isn’t us. Thank you to all who make this possible.
Please join us if you haven’t already. We offer on the job training and the only job requirement is a willing and loving heart.
We often shake our head in amazement on Wednesday evenings about what we are doing together. We are in awe. It’s just a picture of a clock, but the story behind it is beyond amazing.