by Jessica Schrader
edited by Cristina Norland
Every year, AmeriCorps members across the country get together on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to perform a service project. Last year, Compass and Literacy*AmeriCorps members served with Habitat for Humanity at sites throughout the city. This year, we headed to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB) in Duquesne. This was my third time at the GPCFB this service year and my fourth time there since joining AmeriCorps a year and a half ago. I always have a great time and find it well worth the extra effort of driving to Duquesne. It is especially rewarding when realizing that many of our clients and students benefit from our time and effort at the Food Bank, as they receive assistance at many of the food pantries associated with the GPCFB.
On Monday, January 21, 2013 – MLK Day – Compass members joined with dozens of other volunteers from other local organizations to repackage various foods so that they could be sent out to food pantries in the area. Compass members specifically scooped and bagged cereal, with a total output of over 90,000 bowls. Other volunteers helped to repack over 7,500 meals of dry salvage and over 16,000 pounds of fresh apples. Other projects in the past have included packaging various types of produce and sorting donated dry goods into like boxes.
The Food Bank always needs help, so it is a great place to plan a service project – or even volunteer on your own!