BB HANDS-ON: FEEDING SAN DIEGO
Welcome to my newest feature BB (Bounteous Babe) Hands-On. This blog series will showcase different ways I have volunteered or gotten involved hands-on for a particular cause/project. There are so many different ways to get involved and give back and I would love to bring awareness to as many of those ideas as possible.
So today I sharing my experience volunteering with Feeding San Diego—a branch of Feeding America. Feeding San Diego is a non-profit that focuses on hunger relief in the San Diego region. They do this by partnering with grocery stores and food retailers to take their excess food and then distribute it to the community. In 2016, an estimated 1 in 7 people in San Diego County suffered from food insecurity. It’s both shocking and sad to know that this is a reality for many people in my community.
The last two months I’ve volunteered with their reclamation project. The atmosphere is fun with music blasting and people laughing while working hard to better their community. The endorphins flowing through the room are contagious! Volunteers pick through food that has been donated by groceries stores. The food is checked for expiration dates and overall quality. Bad food (opened, expired, in bad condition) goes to a discard pile. Food in good condition is sorted and packaged to be later distributed. Sometimes there are other side projects happening at the same time like disposing of expired juice products or produce sorting. Other projects throughout the week include filling backpacks with food for school children and food nutrition labeling. It’s amazing how much a small group of people can do when they work together. In fact Feeding San Diego, greatly depends on their volunteers and all the work that they do.
I know often taken my next meal for granted. But reality is there are a lot of people that don’t know where their next meal is coming from and it truly breaks my heart. No one should have to worry about food. I am happy that organizations like Feeding San Diego are doing something to combat hunger locally and keep the community healthy thriving. This Thanksgiving please take a moment to truly be grateful for all that you have including the food in front of you. If you wish to help give back and fight food insecurity in your community checking out Feeding America to find a local food bank. We each have the power to make change to help each other out!