La Jolla Country Day School demonstrates an admirable commitment to helping people in its community. A group of students there spent a day volunteering at Feeding America San Diego on October 13th. This is the sixth year the second graders have volunteered with the food bank, and they will make two more visits later this year as part of the school’s commitment to community service. The school’s upper and middle school students have also volunteered with Feeding America San Diego since they first opened their doors in 2007. From grade-level projects to individual and family trips, the food bank has been a favorite volunteer opportunity for the school. The staff at Feeding America San Diego go out of their way to make sure each outing is a hands-on experience complete with age appropriate learning components.
The second-grade students arrived for their volunteer shift with canned vegetables they brought from home, collectively donating 220 pounds to the food bank. After an introduction to Feeding America San Diego and their mission to help people access the food they need to feed their families, the students got right to work sorting and separating fresh pears. They successfully packed nearly 1,800 pounds of pears to be given to school pantry programs. They also decorated more than 30 BackPack bags for students, and Feeding America San Diego’s volunteer manager surprised the students with a walk-through of the cold storage area as a treat to end the shift.
Student volunteer groups like those at La Jolla Country Day School provide food, support and hope to members of their community who struggle with hunger. Feeding America and its network of member food banks is grateful for the difference they make with each volunteer visit. Currently, 15 million children in the United States are food insecure. When children are hungry, usually their caretakers are too. In fact, many parents skip meals to ensure their children have food to eat. By providing for children, we can impact the wellbeing of American families and the future of our country.
As the bus pulled away from the food bank after a successful volunteer experience, one second grader on the trip was overheard saying, “I can’t wait to go back!” Feeding America would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to La Jolla Country Day School for encouraging volunteerism, and to Feeding America San Diego for enabling this opportunity and allowing students to help serve those struggling with hunger in their own community.
Learn how you can help by volunteering. Contact your local food bank to see opportunities in your community.
Fighting Hunger in Action
, Food Bank Network
, Feeding America San Diego
*Katie Golde is the philanthropy writer for Feeding America.
**Photos courtesy of Feeding America San Diego.