This quarter, V2 decided we wanted to give back to our community by helping a cause that means a lot to us. That is why we decided to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank. We learned during our volunteer work that 270,000 people per month eat meals from emergency food boxes. It was an eye opening experience to learn how many people in Multnomah and Clark County would go hungry without organizations like the Oregon Food Bank. The food bank relies heavily on help from their volunteers to get the food out to the food banks for people to be able to pick up. In 2013, volunteer hours at the food bank were equal to 74 full time employees, valued at $2.4 million dollars.
V2 had a lot of fun participating in the volunteer work. For our shifts, we bagged tons of boxes of oranges and checked and boxed pears. It is crucial that perishable items such as fresh fruit and vegetables get checked and processed as quickly as possible, as these items must often be trucked to several food bank locations all over the state. It was really cool to see people from all walks of life come to the Oregon Food Bank to volunteer, from little kids to retired people who want to help out their community.
The V2 Crew enjoyed helping out, and it felt really good to give back a little. It was a great experience seeing the amazing facilities and crew that work at the food bank and to learn how they are helping the hunger problem in Oregon. We look forward to volunteering at the Oregon Food bank again soon!
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