Last night was the Ohio Blogging Association – Cleveland branch get together! Our event for the evening was volunteering at the Cleveland Foodbank. Such a worthy event.
The Cleveland Foodbank’s mission is to alleviate hunger by providing good and support to community organizations that feed the hungry. The Cleveland Foodbank serves Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Richland Counties.
Right now, the Harvest for Hunger Campaign is happening until April 23rd. Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest annual, community-wide food and funds drive in the nation. Harvest for Hunger dollars donated in your community, stay in your community — this is one of the reasons why Chevy NEO combined forces with OBA last night. Chevy is currently donating $ to the Harvest for Hunger campaign with every new facebook like they receive — please go like their page to help in raising funds!
The most needed Harvest for Hunger donation is cash, but the following food items provide essential support to local hunger centers: peanut butter, tuna fish, canned vegetables, canned soup, cereal, and beef stew.
I could go on and on about The Cleveland Foodbank and Harvest for Hunger — but I’d love for you to click on the links I provided to see what great organization the foodbank is and how important the Harvest for hunger campaign is. Guess you’re ready to see what we did though, right?
Last night was all about repack. Many of the donations that The Cleveland Foodbank receives are in bulk form and cannot effectively be used until they are repacked. Last night was all about oranges, as we sorted oranges into 6 lb. bags and then packed them in 6 in each box for 36 lbs.
We learned that without the help of volunteers throughout the year, The Cleveland Foodbank would have to hire 28 full-time employees. If they were to do that, The Cleveland Foodbank would not be able to purchase food to fill in the gaps of what pantries and other programs need. Volunteers are so so important and our group certainly had fun!
There was another group of volunteers with our group and between all of us we cleared about 5 big tubs of oranges! There was music playing and everyone just got into a routine.
Before we knew it, out volunteering session was over. We had a box of “bad” oranges left at the end, but I think someone who works at The Cleveland Foodbank goes through that box to make sure we didn’t get rid of oranges that could have been used. I hope the rest gets made into juice or something though!
And of course, no event would be complete without a group picture!
We certainly missed Alicia, Cleveland OBA coordinator and fellow Chevygirl, who had car troubles right before the event. She already has a post up with pictures of the poor wheel/tire.
And volunteers from last night’s event — please remember that you are invited to a thank you lunch on Chevy for all your hard work. The lunch is on Saturday, March 26, at 12:30 at the Aladdin’s Eatery — 6901 Rockside Road in Independence. If you haven’t RSVP’ed to me, please remember to do so!
Have you ever volunteered at a foodbank? I’ve actually been to The Cleveland Foodbank before and we did something completely different that was equally as fun. The volunteer coordinator told us that you could volunteer every night for a month at the foodbank and do something completely different — this is so true! I’ve also volunteered at a foodbank in New Orleans during Katrina Relief efforts — definitely a memorable experience as well.