Students in Friday’s Global Citizenship class spent their morning volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank on Madison’s east side.
Globe Students were greeted with a brief introduction and tour by Tami Lee, Director of Development and Communication. Immediately after, they were put to work. Dressed in hair nets, smocks and gloves, students worked on processing meat donations. This involved marking out specific information on labels, consolidating the meat based on type and providing a final weight for records.
In just under 3 hours, the class processed over 9000 pounds of meat that immediately went out to families in need.
Many students found the work enjoyable and rewarding.
Student Dorothy Hill said “I thought it was very exciting to put the meat in the boxes. Each time I did, I thought about the family taking it out of their freezer and feeding their family. I really enjoyed this experience.”
“From my experience, if it was not for the food banks, a lot of food would go to waste and a lot of people would be even hungrier. I’m thankful that I was able to experience this today and I now realize I have more than my share to be thankful for,” added student Nikia Hawkins.
The Second Harvest Food bank is the primary source for food donations for non-profit agencies in southwestern Wisconsin, which includes Dane County. Second Harvest relies on the generosity of volunteers. Each month, volunteers contribute to 5000 hours of work at the facility, saving over a million dollars a year in payroll costs.