Youth Fund Members Visit Second Harvest
On January 13, 2008, the Youth Fund took a field trip to the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. It was an exciting event in which the students were able to venture outside of the Foundation Office for a refreshing change. Before leaving on the field trip, Youth Fund members had a small reading assignment on the Food Bank. In an article from The Morning Journal, it was learned that the Second Harvest Food Bank's average monthly distribution is about 280,000 pounds of food. Additionally, the amount of people who have enjoyed the benefits of the Food Bank amounted to 20,339 per month. Reading this article made many of the members anxious to get involved in such a benevolent program.
Although many of the Youth Fund members had been to the Food Bank to volunteer previously, it was a new experience for some; regardless, much was learned during this service project. The main objectives of the trip were to sort and package food for those in need and to present the Food Bank with a grant check for $2,500 for emergency food. A multitude of goods, varying from breakfast items to snacks, had been donated to the Food Bank. It was the job of the Youth Fund members to do the rest. First, a few members sorted through the food items to ensure that they were edible and fresh. After the packages passed inspection, other Youth Fund members boxed them up into 15 pound bundles. After two hours of hard work, the Youth Fund not only felt great from making a difference in the community but became more conscious of the poverty in the community and what steps to take to help.