it’s amazing what a few hours of your time can accomplish

I recently spent a few hours with my fellow food bloggers and other community volunteers at the Capital Area Food Bank sorting through the generous donations made by HEB shoppers during the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive. In two hours around 30 of us were able to sort and box 9,990 lbs of food. That’s the equivalent of 7,992 meals!

I was amazed by our efforts, especially since the time flew by. I made a few new friends and learned that carrying, unpacking and boxing up canned goods is a great workout. The food bank is always in need of volunteers. If you find yourself with a few hours free throughout the week or on a Saturday, stop by the food bank and give them a hand. You can’t imagine the difference 3 or 4 hours of your time can make. 

The CAFB is located at 8201 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78745. Volunteer times are Monday through Saturday 9AM - Noon, or 1PM - 4PM and children 8 and older are welcome, so you can make it a family volunteer event. There is also a volunteer shift on Thursday evenings from 6-8:30PM which is 18 years old and up only. Volunteering at the food bank was incredibly rewarding and pretty fun. We ended the night with several grown adults (myself included) singing the clean-up song with big smiles on our faces while putting everything away.

The sorting room.

Sending the boxes down the line.

The big ball ‘o name tags we all added to at the end of the night.