I participated in Feeding America: Southwest Virginia. Specifically, we were in Roanoke, where different tasks were assigned, including: cleaning cans, checking cans for damage, checking expiration dates, and sorting cans. Overall, we helped prepare the food that will be used at a local soup kitchen.
This event stuck out to me and had an impact because I realized what went into delivering cans to be used to at a soup kitchen, or pantry. Before, I never thought about where the food specifically came from, it was memorable because it opened my eyes to the work that is put into the whole process. In one year from now, I will tell people about James, the coordinator, because his attitude was very memorable due to his enthusiasm and love for what he does. This event was connected to service and community development because it was an act of service to help the community to provide food to those in need, in the southwest Virginia area. This makes me wonder other ways we specifically can help this issue and reach a greater number of individuals. This project made me have a greater desire to help the food issues in the greater community, and feel an aspiration to stay committed to helping and contributing to this issue. This relates to the readings on community because Feeding America: Southwest Virginia specifically targets the greater NRV community, showing the importance of being involved with the community. So what? This is important because if this work was not done then a lot of food would not be able to be provided to the places that provide food to those who need it, then a lot of people would go hungry.
I stumbled on a new outlook onto the work being done, that although we did not directly work with the receivers, our work was still equally important and meaningful. One thing I will use in the future is the need to work diligently and well, with a positive attitude, even when the result is not directly seen. Does motivation contribute to “reward”, in regards to service? I am interested in learning more specifically where and how much food goes to each other the places where they give it out. I definitely would want to volunteer with Feeding America again, it was a very positive experience. Experiences that developed my understanding of the preparing food, and “Feeding America”.