Yesterday, the other students at my family med site and I went to the Barre Food Bank to help out with their monthly food pantry. The people who volunteer with this group are amazing- many were older and were surprisingly strong! (I guess it’s the cleaner air and locally grown food up in Barre.) There were a ton of people who came in for food and really highlighted the need for giving. The food was all donated including eggs and produce from some of the local farms, and it reminded me to always keep my eye open at the grocery store for good deals on things I can donate.
It was an amazingly satisfying morning. I think giving food to others fulfills one of the most basic ways of caring for others- just like how good it feels to have friends over and feed them a nice dinner. The people who came by to pick up food repeatedly said how much of a difference the food would make in stretching their budget, and each of them ended our converasation with thanks and a “Merry Christmas!”
I think of everything I’ve done during the holiday season, THAT gave me the best Christmas spirit of all. Want to join in the fun? The Global Food Banking Network has a list of some of the bigger food banks in MA (seen here), but talk local…many churches and social organizations have their own smaller food banks that may need your help more. And if time is short, there’s always a need for HEALTHYfoods that you can pick up next time you’re at the store.
(pictures are fairly low quality because they’re from my cell phone)