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Five years ago, Pam Schmidt thought it would do her three children good to volunteer with Harvesters. She brought them to the warehouse on a Saturday afternoon, and the family sorted food together. Pam and her kids, now ages 12, 14 and 21, had such a good time, they started volunteering monthly. Word spread and other families in their neighborhood joined in. These days, a group of about 20 people come to give their time. “It just sort of blossomed,” Pam says.
The group loves packing BackSnack bags and senior boxes. They hold a friendly competition to see who can pack the most and try to beat each other’s records. It’s a fun activity — and it means more food packed up for distribution!
Pam’s group promotes their annual Holiday Box food drive by handing out flyers and bags in local neighborhoods and collecting donated holiday meal side items on Halloween night. They then pack and deliver these groceries to Harvesters, where the boxes are distributed with a turkey to families in need during the holidays.
Pam started the volunteer group to teach her kids about community service, but over the years she and her friends and family have learned a great deal about the scope of hunger in our community and how their work makes a difference.
“[Volunteering] gives you a warm feeling,” she adds. “It’s time well-spent together helping others.”
We’re thrilled to see neighbors come together to champion hunger relief. Many thanks to Pam and her crew for their generous commitment!
If you’re interested in volunteering, please click here. For more information about holiday boxes, please click here.