I’ve been volunteering at the Foodbank for nearly two years now. Every week I spend a couple of hours sorting donations, packing bags, restocking shelves on the Foodbank’s shopping floor, or volunteering for distribution sites. I find a lot of fulfillment in working with the Foodbank knowing that the work that we do there helps to improve the lives of others. With that being said, I wanted to try something bigger. I wanted to see firsthand what the Foodbank was capable of and find out just how much of an impact I could make as an individual.
I learned about the Mobile Pantry program a couple of months ago, while working at a distribution site. After doing a little more research about the program, the partnerships involved, and those it would benefit, I decided to become a sponsor and host a Mobile Pantry in Hampton.
I’ll never forget the feeling I had as I saw the truck approaching and we began to unload. Produce, meats, bread, meals… It was at that moment that I realized just how much bigger this was than anything I had done before. The ability to see the impact that you can have on your community is truly humbling. We were able to provide for 99 families that day, reaching a total of 208 adults and 121 children.
The Mobile Pantry program is an awesome way to make a real difference in the work of reducing hunger in our community. I highly recommend researching the program if you’re interested in helping to keep Hampton Roads hunger free.