A couple weeks ago, I received an email from Saqlain, who participated in the June 2012 Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty. He expressed his desire to volunteer at one of our Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) distributions. The Food Bank is currently doing seven MFPs a week, so I conferred with Christine, the Agency Services staff member leading the MFP charge. She recommended a MFP taking place Saturday afternoon on January 26th in Dekalb County.
Saqlain recruited Nick and Eli, both Summit alumni and all students at The Lovett School, to volunteer as well. For three hours on that Saturday, the teens, along with nearly a dozen volunteers recruited by Miriam’s Sanctuary, the partner agency hosting the MFP, bagged the wide variety of product (over 7,000 pounds) available and distributed it to nearly 200 people. The selection of food the clients received included Kashi cereal, Oreos, fresh pickled cucumbers, apple, orange, and cranberry juice, bags of potatoes, QuikTrip sandwiches, boxes of saltines, and more.
The three teens all remarked how much they enjoyed their time and hoped to volunteer at a MFP again in the near future.
The application for the 2013 Youth Summit on Hunger and Poverty is currently available. Learn more at our Youth Summit page.