A crew of volunteers from Pacific Scientific dropped in last week to pitch in as volunteers at Community FoodBank, and did they ever volunteer! In just a couple hours, they packed 2,040 kids’ backpack bags, shattering the previous record held by the volunteer crew from a certain bank that shall not be named (just say it’s one that has a famous association with stagecoaches).
In case backpack bags are new to you, it’s just one of the ways FoodBank reaches out to address hunger in our community. Each school year, teachers and/or cafeteria staff working in grades kindergarten through eight are asked to gauge how many of their students might benefit from some extra nutrition over the weekend, when school breakfast and lunch programs are not operating. Once that information finds its way to the office, and FoodBank gets the numbers, deliveries start. Every Friday, kids get bags packed with two healthy breakfasts and two lunches. That gives them a head start on the next week’s learning.
It’s as simple as that! No paperwork. No reporting. Healthy kids build healthy communities. Volunteers like the Pacific Scientific team make it happen, packing bags that go to local schools each week. To volunteer, call FoodBank at 637-0340 and talk with Juana. To make a difference in another way, a donation of $100 will supply a kid with backpack bags each week for an entire school year. It’s not hard to change a life!
Mark Paxton is director of community engagement and fund development at Community Food Bank. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors with his wife, Mary. They are the parents of two daughters and live in Hollister.