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Food Service

Yesterday and today, portions of the HotSchedules team took turns putting in a few hours at the Capital Area Food Bank. If you’ve never done it, you should. Who knew sorting cans and frozen food could be so fun? I swear I’m not being sarcastic. Here’s how it worked: Each day, twenty or so of […]

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Yesterday and today, portions of the HotSchedules team took turns putting in a few hours at the Capital Area Food Bank. If you’ve never done it, you should. Who knew sorting cans and frozen food could be so fun? I swear I’m not being sarcastic.

Here’s how it worked: Each day, twenty or so of us went down to the Food Bank and got a brief description of what we needed to do. I was part of Shift 2 (today), so I can’t speak for yesterday’s crew…although, I did hear that they take the no open-toed shoe policy very seriously.

Anyway, we were assigned to frozen meat. Some of us sorted it, checked it for ickiness and then sent it down a conveyor to others who sorted it by type and boxed it up. Another group palletized it, got rid of the extra boxes and threw out the meat that didn’t pass the ick factor. 

After a short break, we did a quick clean-up, then switched to frozen bread and pastries. All in all, it took us maybe 2.5 hours and we managed to process enough food to create 5,500 meals. And that was just today’s group!  Amazing!  

What’s even more amazing is how much fun you get to have with colleagues you may not interact with on a daily basis. I got to sort with three co-workers I don’t get to talk to everyday and we joked and laughed and had a blast.

So, let’s see if I can sum up the advantages to our volunteer work:

Do something good for the local community
Get that warm fuzzy feeling for doing something good
Skip work for a few hours
Hang out with fun people and have a good time

Yep, that pretty much sums it up.  If your team, group or company doesn’t volunteer at the Food Bank, they should!!

Oh, and one more thing – the Food Bank is SUPER low on food!  Even if you don’t volunteer, grab a can or two or three off your shelf, or throw a few extra in your shopping cart and donate them.  Thank you!

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