I will never forget the experience of our biggest recovery yet: It was the Friday afternoon when everyone was leaving for break. The campus would be closed for two weeks, meaning no cafeteria operations, meaning there was going to be food left over. I had planned to make a recovery that day, but I would have never expected the amount of food that I was handed. Three tall carts of food loaded with boxes and boxes of fruit, vegetables, dairy products, and condiments. Rows and rows of pastas, meats, sides, and breakfast items. I was overwhelmed, exhilarated, and joyful to see how much food I was about to donate. But, I was under prepared and under the biggest time crunch. I recruited my friend with an SUV to help me package the food. All students had left at this point and the cafeteria staff was dwindling down. Thirty minutes into packaging, we understood just how big of an undertaking this was going to be. A supervisor volunteered to stay to wash all of our dishes and we packed and packed and packed and packed. After two hours, we loaded those carts back up with “grab and go” bags for the families at the pantry we donate to and loaded up the SUV. With food reaching from front to back, floor to ceiling, we traveled to the pantry, just as they were closing. Their fridges had never been fully stock, their shelves were overflowing. And the best part about it all, it came right in time so the families could have a secure meal for the holidays.
So let me remind you… it only takes one person to step up to plate to spark change. Just make that one sacrifice and give your time to help others. If you see the need for help, stop and help. All of your efforts will be making a difference in someone’s lives. The staff person that helped washed the dishes… his assistance gave us the necessary time to make the recovery before the pantry closed. My friend with his SUV… he is not even a student at my school. And myself… I had a million other things that needed to be done. But we each saw the need and chose to help. With our combined efforts, although we are just three people, we were able to donate the 200 pounds of food to over 100 families. Think about how many lives you are touching. How many individuals will not go hungry for the night. How much the world could change if we all chose to help.