Family Volunteer Day was a hit!

Our first Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, June 10 was a hit!

We had an enthusiastic group of 44 adults and children who toured the Harry Chapin Food Bank main warehouse in Fort Myers and participated in various activities, like packing potatoes, creating cards for some of our clients, and designing and coloring the bags that hold the food for our senior feeding program.

The group worked hard! The results were: three tons of potatoes packed (6,000 pounds!), 97 cards created and 73 senior food bags designed and colored. The 6,000 pounds of food is equivalent to 5,000 meals.

The volunteers not only walked away with the good feeling that comes from knowing you helped those in need, but with new knowledge about what we do and how we do it. David Smith was struck by the scope of what the food bank does. “I thought it was fantastic,” he said of Family Volunteer Day. It’s amazing to see how much food comes in and goes out, he said. “You can hear about it, read it, but it doesn’t give you the same scope of understanding what it is.”

Laurie Giordano, who volunteered with her son, Zach Martin, also enjoyed the day. “I think it’s a great way to introduce people to what the food bank is, the help they need and what their role is in helping the rest of the community,” she said.

Elliot DeCosta, 10, also volunteered with his mom, Kelly Young. Elliot said he learned a lot. What was he most surprised by? “Probably how much food there is here,” he said.

Our next Family Volunteer Day is from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 9; after that, we’ll hold another one from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18,, which also happens to be National Family Volunteer Day! We invite you to come and be a part of the Harry Chapin Food Bank family.

The volunteer event is open to families with children age 10 and older. Children from ages 10 to 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes. The volunteer event will be at the food bank main warehouse, 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers. You will leave with a “goodie bag” that includes an HCFB button, a family photo from the day’s activities and other items. You will also leave with the good feeling that comes from knowing that you helped someone in need.

To sign up, please email Tanya Phillips, our volunteer manager, at tphillips@harrychapinfoodbank.org.

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