We had our fall 2nd Harvest food drop this past weekend. What a beautiful day to bless some needy people. This was our 5th drop that we've participated in and it is an awesome mission. The amount of people that volunteered was a blessing. The amount of food that was delivered...staggering. I had never seen that much food at a drop before. None of us had. It was awesome.
It was a FULL semi!
They started the line early...that is heartbreaking...and yet they received so many blessings that day.
Our youth worked hand in hand with the high schools Interact club. We had 50# bags of carrots that had to be rebagged into smaller portions.
Food box table. Sliding the boxes down the line for deliver to the vehicles at the end.
Carrots and cabbages galore!
Everything on this side was "extra". It was not on the shipping manifest. This would be stuff donated from grocery stores and bakeries. The amount was staggering. We had a pallet of grapes. Beautiful, tasty grapes. A pallet of roma tomatoes. A pallet of mangos. It was such a blessing to give everyone so much food. The boys that were loading would do something special also. When a car had a small child, they would pull something special to give to just them. Whether it be a princess cake or cupcakes, they would find something just for that child. It just warmed my heart at their thoughtfulness.
We participated in our 2nd food drive with our church last month. For such a small church, it just amazes me on everything it does. From busing in and feeding inner city kids on Wednesday night to organizing the food drive. It's all about taking care of your community. We've been to larger churches that don't do it. They may do other things, but I love the fact that ANYONE can help...member or not...adult OR child. Because if we don't involve our children AS children...will they continue to do it as adults? I'm betting they will. I'm thankful it's here, because it saddens me that we still have to do food drives...and that the line starts early, before the truck even arrives.
Pallets of food to be sorted.
Local high school kids help.
We have a lot of fun and talk a lot of smack.
This truck was full of perishable food, so sorting was very important. Some of it was bad, which sometimes can't be helped. We also had a ton of bananas leftover...most were overripe. We picked through to hand out the good ones. These look like good bananas, but we think they were refrigerated, because they were VERY mushy/soft inside.
...which was perfect for...
Banana bread...I made 70 loaves! Everyone that helped out was offered a loaf and what was left was given to the church. It was nice to give back to those that helped!
Boxes being packed.
This was our 2nd food drive and I have to say, it was a very heart-happy day. The rain stopped when the delivery arrived, so our parking people stayed dry/happy, our organization was much better and we gave 220 food boxes to 471 men, women & children...and only 2 cars were NOT from our county. (That is a sad statistic!) We will be there in the fall when we do it again.
We live in a beautiful state. Not just outer beauty, (which is awesome), but inner beauty. We saw it last year during the flooding in Nashville. The people that came out to help, to volunteer. It was incredible. Well, 3 weeks ago, we were able to help our locals in need. And it was truely inner beauty at its best. Our local church WAS GIVEN a tractor trailer FULL of food...to give out. We took the kids down to help...it was all hands on deck with a massive amount of food to pack up and hand out. The line started early...much earlier than any of us expected. The sad part of it was that this food "helpout" was not advertised and hundreds came...the amazing part is that the food boxes never stopped. For every car that came, every car went away with food...nonstop for over an hour and a half. Car after car after car...I wanted to feel sad for all these people that waited in line FOR FOOD...but then the gratitude, the hesitant smiles, the Thank You's...words cannot describe the feelings we walked away with. Thank you Second Harvest Food Bank for feeding our souls that day!