One program that they offer that I wasn't aware of is BackSnack. More than 90,000 children in the Harvesters' service area receive free or reduced-priced school meals during the week, but are at risk of hunger on the weekends. They provide a backpack of food to low income children every week during the school year. Participating schools distribute the backpacks on Friday to students who bring them back again on Monday to start the process again. This year the program served nearly 19,000 students every week. This is just one of the many ways Harvesters help to fight hunger in our area.
They had us volunteer by sorting through 100's upon 100's packages of various varieties of breads and then packaging them into boxes for distribution. Once we got into a groove, we functioned like a well oiled machine. It was incredible how fast the time flew as the mountain of bread dwindled to nothing more than a small hill. Granted it was work, but it was very fun & fulfilling. They nearly had to tell us to leave. We wanted to stay until there was not a single slice left to sort.
I can guarantee that we will go back again as soon as they can schedule us in on a Saturday. We will try to schedule for an afternoon shift next time to give more members a chance to attend who typically work in the mornings. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out. Great job!
For more information about Harvesters, click here.
A very special thanks to Jacob Meyer for taking the photos. You can see more of his work at New Friends Photography.