Anywho, I have participated in several canned food drives for the CLE Foodbank and even attended their previous fundraising event at Market Under Glass, but I'll be honest...I had never been to their facility before, and was utterly blown away by the volume, need, generosity and sense of community that hits you as soon as you cross through the doors. This saying displayed on their wall sums it up pretty welll:
|Grain by grain, a loaf.|
stone by stone, a castle.
We first took a tour of the facility and it was absolutely gigantic! They turn over their super-sized Costco-esque storage units in their warehouse within 2-3 weeks. Believe it!
The CLE Foodbank serves on average 12,000 meals a day during the summer. Pretty staggering to think of how greatly hunger is impacting our community. 1/3 of its recipients are children. Hearing those statistics surely grabs your attention and makes you stop and think.
I was joined by other CLE YPs who also believe in the CLE Foodbank's mission. We spent an hour or so working in the warehouse unpackaging bulk corn into smaller size bags to distribute to families for the next day The time flew by as we bonded over CLE, volunteering, work, and even blogging. I was thrilled that I finally got to meet two fellow Twitter and blogging CLE gal pals-- Jen (WhyCLE) and Amanda (ClueIntoCleveland) who were also on board. It was such a pleasure to finally get to hear their witty comments and fun stories I so often find myself reading on their blogs. It made the experience all the more better by sharing it with new friends (in real life).
|Katie, Jen (WhyCLE), Julie, Amanda (ClueIntoCleveland)|
Keepin it corny!