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Review for Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, Shreveport, LA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

On Tuesday I joined several kind and friendly people at the food bank. They welcomed me with hugs and handshakes. I was a bit nervous but that only lasted until I had packed one box. As per my instructions I thoughtfully packed each box with cereal, oatmeal, juice, canned goods, rice, beans, peanut butter, protein bars and a few snack items. Every piece of real estate was to be used in three box. The ideal box would weigh in at 45 lbs. As each person packing these boxes chose specific items it was obvious they were thinking of the individual who would receive their box as a supplement to their monthly benefits. These boxes were headed to the home of a senior citizen. Everyone made quick work of their task at hand. Some hummed a quiet tune. Others chatted about the items going in their boxes. The first set of 36 boxes weighed 1400 lbs which was the target. As the morning went on the boxes became more difficult to fill to the preferred weight. Our next set of 36 boxes weighed around 1200 lbs. As you might guess our total continued to dwindle as we ran out of the good stuff also known as staples. The rice, beans, peanut butter, sugar, etc... only held out for a short while. Our last pallet full only weighed 1050 lbs. With heavy hearts we closed up shop for the day.

I can't wait for my next opportunity to volunteer at the food bank. I won't be going in as a stranger. I will be joining forces with others who don't want anyone going to bed hungry.

Role:  Volunteer