Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Working at The Food Bank Feeds The Soul



Today Melissa, Cynthia (co-workers/friends), and I took today off to work at The Houston Food Bank. Our company gave us an opportunity to do volunteer work on company time. Since I knew we were going to be doing some manual labor, I figured I'd get in gear and wear some workout clothes. Here are the details...

Bitten green t-shirt - Steve & Barry's
Championship capri workout pants - Target
Bodybugg - 24 Hour Fitness
Asics Kayano Trainer shoes - Academy
Cans of peaches - Donated to The Houston Food Bank

So our morning started in the docks. We made an assembly line and loaded up the trucks. There are so many people there coming and going that after a while we a little in the way. We decided it was time to move to a new project. We spent the rest of our volunteer time making pantry packs for families of four. We spread 9 boxes over a pallet. Each box must contain 8-10 cans of veggies and fruit, 1 box of cereal, and 4 bottles of water. After those essentials, we were allowed to fill the boxes to the top with items like, peanut butter, jelly, cheese, chili, crackers, and even some candy. Pretty much whatever we could get our hands on. We packed aprox 60 boxes of food. We could have done more, but we started to run out of water and veggies and more volunteers were coming in. All in all, it was a great experience. I'm really glad we had this opportunity to help our community. Volunteering helps feed the soul and it was also a great workout. According to the Bodybugg, I burned 567 calories at The Food Bank! That's way better than the 1 calorie/minute I would normally burn sitting at my desk.

4 comments:

E said...

Aw, well aren't you just group of Good People!

canridings said...

What a great company for them to offer that to you. I like reading about this it makes me want to go out and help too.

Jamie said...

That is awesome Hil! There are a lot of people that will benefit from your big heart!

The Penny-Pinching Princess said...

That's so sweet! I need to get on the volunteer bandwagon...