Soul Food

Melody Lipford, Columnist • mlipford15@ehc.edu

Recently, I got to return to an occasional service site I love volunteering at called Loaves & Fishes. The food pantry in Chilhowie, VA is dedicated to providing local family and community members in need with free food boxes. Each box comes with a multitude of items such as non-perishable foods such as canned goods, pasta,rice, peanut butter, chips, boxed goods, and many more.

The organization is run off the service of volunteers and generous donations from the community who help provide the food going to serve those in need. There is a larger need for services such as these then the community realizes.

Upon first coming to serve at Loaves & Fishes, I did not expect the fast paced environment that truly hap- pens on a packing day for boxes. The first time I went with CCF (Christian Campus Fellowship), I was surprised at the amount of work we accomplished as a group in under two hours. We were able to pack at least two three-hundred boxes of food for those in the community.

Seeing all of the items we packed in boxes made me realize how easy it was for me as an individual to take things for granted that for others were a necessity. Something as simple as peanut butter or a bag of rice could mean the difference between a family suffering in hunger or being provided with a meal.

 

This service site has taught me to recognize the privilege of not suffering from hunger and realizing the true need to help those who do. It may be only an hour, but imagine how many people could benefit from the one hour you donate to help prepare food boxes like these. You don’t have to go to a foreign country to stop hunger or to alleviate this problem. It starts right in your community, around the people you see everyday.

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