After volunteering at the second harvest heartland for my first field trip experience, I thought it would be fun to see a different perspective by checking out one of their other volunteer opportunities for my second field trip. Conveniently so, the Students of Nutrition and Dietetics club (SOND) had scheduled a trip out to the large packing company and distributer as another volunteering opportunity.
This time though rather than working the market where vendors packed the boxes, we were the ones who were prepping the fresh produce and other donations so that they may be packed and distributed to the families that face hunger here in Minnesota every day.
When we first Arrived we were greeted and brought to the general meeting room where we watched a compelling video explain the prevalence of hunger here in Minnesota where 1 in 10 people live with hunger on a daily basis showing that food insecurity is still a big problem here in our back yards.
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We were then divided into groups and given our job for the evening. I was on potato packing duty and was responsible for packing 5lb. bags of baby red potatoes that were donated from a local Minnesota farm.
At the end of the day we packaged over 4,000 lbs. of Food which equates to about 2,400 meals!
Hows abouts them taters ? :D