CLEVELAND (WJW) – For volunteers coming into the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the vast warehouse space with its boxes of food seems formidable at first.
But when you have a good system in place and veteran volunteers to show you how it’s done, what at first seems like a day of hard work is as easy as going to the market.
The volunteers there were faces you may know and many you have never seen.
FOX 8’s parent company, Nexstar Broadcasting, celebrated its birthday by giving its employees time to do good work in our community during the Founder’s Day of Caring.
The food bank feeds thousands of families every week. On Friday, the need was to help seniors by packaging up shelf stable items in care boxes. There were 500 in all.
Food insecurity is a big problem in our area and volunteers and staff know that even a little bit of time, just a few hours, can make a difference.
By believing in the food bank’s mission, you could be helping a friend, a family member or your neighbor get though tight times.
“Best thing I did was walk through that door. The last job I had, I didn’t really feel like I was doing anything to help somebody and when I saw the food bank, I was like ‘this is it’ and when I came in, I was like ‘this is the goal line for me,'” said Joanne, a volunteer coordinator.
Even though it may seem like a lot of work, it’s also a lot of fun. The boxes that were packed will go to seniors in the Greater Cleveland area.
Not only were FOX 8 teams working at the food bank, but they were also downtown sorting and boxing up school supplies for children.
Shoes and Clothes for Kids does just that and a lot more. They provide uniforms and shoes for children, along with all the supplies they need to learn.
They need people to catalog, sort and fill up boxes and backpacks with the things that children in the 250 schools they serve need.
“A lot of people don’t think about back to school until August, but we start thinking about it in late April and early May and we have social service agencies placing orders with us, which is what some of the volunteers do. Place those orders so we can get it to the kids who need it before school starts,” program coordinator Monica Lloyd said.
By the end of the day, a lot of space will be made for more supplies that will be coming in the weeks to come.
Whether it’s for Shoes and Clothes for Kids, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, your church, your mosque, your synagogue or one of the many organizations that help your neighbors and friends, spending a few hours helping others goes a long way to making our community stronger and a better place.