A small army of happy volunteers showed up at the Feed Sumner Food Bank and reported to Volunteer coordinator, Alex York. We didn’t know exactly what to expect but I believe we were all awed by this organization.
Alex began our session with a very interesting informational tour. He told us how he got involved (spent so much time volunteering that they had to start paying him), how the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville took over the food bank from the two men who retired (after several organizations agreed to take on the job but then backed out after learning what was entailed in running this huge operation), where they got their food and how they distributed it all (too much to detail here.) We were amazed to hear of all their community outreach projects beyond serving the food challenged their future plans to expand their impact on the community.
In the photos above, see Alex giving us the tour, our group divided into three tasks, making boxes, packing bags with all the ingredients to make a pot of chili (including corn chips and recipe) and sorting food into appropriate boxes to make distribution run efficiently.
Thank you to Feed Sumner and all our volunteers! What a great day! While the intention of the volunteer project is to introduce Newcomers to volunteer opportunities in Sumner County in an informal, one off fashion, I for one think we will be returning to Feed Sumner! If you are interested in joining our group, you are under no obligation to participate in every project, just the ones that are convenient to your schedule and interests. Just email Newcomer.Vols@gmail.com and we will add your name to our mail list.