Service at Webb
Posted October 4, 2011
Written by Sarah Williams, a 12th grade boarding student at Webb
This weekend boarders were given the opportunity to volunteer at the 2nd Harvest Food Band for about four hours. Myself and three other students left at noon on Saturday for Nashville with Mr. Redrow, expecting to spend the majority of our Saturday doing manual labor. When we arrived at 2nd Harvest we were greeted by another Webb faculty member and her husband. Then the man in charge gathered all of the volunteers, about twenty five total, to enter the warehouse where we would be working. We were divided up into groups and placed at different stations.
That day our assignment was to sort through donated food, then package the sorted food in boxes and label them. I was first put in charge of “assorted food” packaging, which basically means whatever food didn’t fall under a specific category would come to me and I would put it in a box, label the box, and place it on a crate. It sounds like I would have a lot to do but the other categories were endless, vegetables, fruit, meat, snacks, pasta, soup, beans, tomatoes, peanut butter, and baby food, to name a few. When things would get slow working with “assorted foods” I would go and help people unload huge bins of food that were so tall they came up to my shoulders.
All of the volunteers unloaded, sorted, packaged, and prepped the boxes for send off. They played music the whole time and everyone had a blast; we talked, hung out, met new people, and, best of all, got to help people we had never even met before. It was an incredible feeling, knowing that we had given food to someone who did not know where their next meal would come from. I did not expect to love serving others and volunteering as much as I did. My group and I had a lot of fun working at 2nd Harvest Food Bank and I would definitely go again if given the opportunity.