07/20/09 - July 17-18: Working the Food Bank in Halifax

July 17-18: Working the Food Bank in Halifax

Thursday, Friday, July 17, 2009

Entry by: Kai and Nathaniel

Kai: Today, we went to a food bank and we served the needy food. At first, Sam, Kelsey and I were flattening boxes, Eric was sorting dog food and cat food, and Nathaniel was packing away dog food. Everybody who worked there, including us, joined into the morning prayer. It was run by the director of the food bank, Mel. After that, we were partnered up with the experienced servers. Kelsey was paired with a girl named Kelsey. After they showed us how it was done, we handled people on our own. I was a little nervous at first, but I got the hang of it.

Nathaniel: While I was serving people I got very confused about how much everyone got of each thing. After I served two people I went into the back and I started packing dog food and kitty litter.

Kai: I saw all types of people, couples, the old, the young, and people with large families. After we finished with the people, we were told to take some food. We weren’t really sure we should because the food was for the needy. We took some fruit snacks, 5 cokes, two pineapples, and a huge pack of cherries.

After lunch, we went to the Spirit of Bermuda and the Harvey Gamage. Then we got Beaver Tails. They were delicious. They are deep fried and were covered in our choice of toppings. Today was a good day.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Entry by: Sam

Potatoes!! If I could describe our Saturday in one word, that would be it. We woke up early to catch a ride to Feed Nova Scotia, a hub for all of the food banks in the area. It was really cool to know that all of the food we saw in Feed Nova Scotia’s warehouse, most of it donated from local grocery stores or food drives, would end up going to food banks and distributed to people all over the province, including our friends at Parker Street from yesterday. At Feed Nova Scotia, we were introduced to Blain and Mark, who took us into the warehouse’s freezer to sort potatoes into two groups—good potatoes that people could eat, and bad potatoes to be composted. We put on some music and got into the zone, tossing around those root veggies like they were hot potatoes. There are so many reasons why potato isn’t fit for consumption. Many of them were covered in giant cuts, or were soggy. It was kind of satisfying, throwing the rotten ones into the bin, especially the ones that exploded. According to Kai, she had never seen so many rotten potatoes in her life. But what about the ones that weren’t gross? By the end of four hours, we had sorted an astounding SIXTY-TWO banana boxes full of good potatoes, all to help feed people who needed them. Did you know that the French name for potato is “pomme de terre,” which translates to “apple of the earth”? Great job, Ambassador Crew!!