Today my group worked at More Grace Food Pantry. Before we got there I expected to be working with more people. We bagged food, onions, and bread for people to pick up Tuesday from 11-1. What really surprised me was some people will take their bag then go and sell it on the street for cash. More Grace Food Pantry doesn’t turn away anybody so they have to make 150-200 bags every week. I’m thankful that I grew up with parents who both had jobs and provided a house. Some individuals weren’t so privileged growing up so they have to find alternative ways to get their needs.
Today I was in a an area that was out of my comfort zone. I didn’t know anyone and they didn’t know me. When we found YSOP I didn’t expect such a warm welcoming from the people. Lisa’s (the director of YSOP) was so friendly and quirky and made me feel even more ready to head out to our site. Honestly, I never put more thought into how people became homeless other than they weren’t able to get a job. Discussing how people were not only homeless but hungry with homes, it really opened up my eyes to a lot. The biggest impact at the actual soup kitchen (St. John’s Bread & Life) was seeing how many mentally ill people there were. Lisa had said there was a large percentage of mentally ill homeless people at back at YSOP, but it never hit me until we walked through the site and I actually got to see firsthand.
Experiencing so much and having tons of fun! Can’t wait ’til tomorrow!
Today I went to a food pantry to help package food. I didn’t really have any expectations. The only expectation probably was thinking I would be serving people. Instead, we packaged food, a lot of food! I was so surprised at how much food was donated, and the amount of work the women did every Monday to give food to the hunger every Tuesday. I couldn’t believe the amount of work that goes into having a food pantry. It was pretty cool. The impact that the experience had on me was the fact that the women just do the work to help others. The time in New York has been really fun and I am so excited for the rest of the week.
Today was the first day to work with YSOP. My group went to work at the St. Johns Bread & Life Soup Kitchen in Brooklyn. Bread & Life offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday, as well as other free services, like taxes and legal help. I helped prepare food and clean the kitchen and dining hall (and later sort food). I’m not really sure what my expectations were going in, but Bread & Life really surprised me (in a good way). It was very clean and efficient, and everyone was extremely nice! I really enjoyed volunteering there and I’m very glad we were able to help. Working at this soup kitchen definitely helped me gain perspective about the homeless and the kind of lives they lead.
Today my group worked at More Grace Food Pantry. We packed up bags of food containing enough food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They pack up all the food on Monday and distribute it on Tuesday between 11-1pm. All the food that is received is through donations. They say they normally serve 150-200 people a week. It surprised me, somewhat, when they told us that some people come and get their food and turn around and sell it immediately. All in all today was a really good day. Can’t wait to see what is in store for us tomorrow!
Today, me and my group had a wonderful experience at the food bank in the Bronx. We packaged food for the homeless and hungry and I think our help was very much appreciated. An interesting fact that I learned today is that 1/5 New Yorkers are homeless and hungry and also that the food bank that we volunteered at provides nearly 425,000 a day to different agencies and soup kitchens. I also found out that all government assistance programs aren’t the same in every state which I thought they were. So far New York has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
Today my group went to help package food at the food bank of New York City. I didn’t like how much food we had to throw out if the package was a little damaged. I expected to be packing lunches but we had huge boxes that needed to be broken down into different categories.
We had a lot of fun! Visited the 9/11 Memorial Center and then Times Square. Looking forward to tomorrow!
Today has definitely been an eye opening experience! I got to ride the subway for the first time in my life and met some pretty interesting people. The street performers were exciting although I wish they would have gone longer. Time square was probably my favorite part of the day though. There were sooooo many things to see!! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Today we went on a 9/11 Memorial Tour. I really enjoyed it and found out some really interesting information about it that I had not known! We also explored Time Square, which was a lot of fun!! Trying to figure out the subway system was interesting. I am glad I don’t have to use subways everyday. Looking forward to volunteering tomorrow!