Volunteering at my local food bank! Why? Cause we`re egg-cellent together!
By: Krysteen ~
In 2020 the Covid pandemic took the country to levels most of us didn’t know were possible. Even though Mehndi Madness does individual appointments, it’s not the bulk of our business. We focus on large events, fairs, festivals, corporate events and we have 2 locations set up at summer tourist spots. Then smaller home parties and individual appointments. Yes, we do it all but in 2020, we found ourselves not doing must of anything.
With so many gig worker events cancelled for an entire year or more, I found myself “hangrey!” I wanted to see how I could spend my time and make an impact. With that to chew on, I focused on my immediate community. Believing that a good place to start, I’ve been volunteering at my food bank since last summer.
I LOVE THIS WORK! We make a great “pear.” I’m social, outgoing and love to chew the fat! My typical day at the food bank starts with filling orders for families who are no longer able to enter the building and shop for themselves due to the pandemic lockdown. We serve about 450-480 families a week. This includes the senior and school programs. When the shopping it done, I package items for distribution, such as flour, rice, feminine products, diapers, baby food…whatever is needed. I also get to train new volunteers on how to shop the orders and basic knowledge of how it all works so they end up doing a “grape” job.
I’ve meet so many “good apples” that live right in my neighborhood, people who I’d have never gotten to know if not for the Edmond’s Food Bank. This work has given me a new perspective of this life we now live and all the people going through it. I know it’s just food but when one is struggling with so many issues on their plates right now, it’s one thing these people don’t have to worry about.