Mayer Middle School seventh graders recently spent a two-hour shift volunteering at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Because the food bank can handle only 30 volunteers at a time, it took three days to give all students a chance to volunteer. Tasks included:
- making sandwiches for after school programs
- assembling “backpacks” of food for students, who may not have anything to eat for the weekend, to take home on Fridays
- sorting donated bread and packaging it for soup kitchens and homeless shelters
- packing bags of food that will accompany a hot entree
Most students felt the service project was worthwhile and enjoyed the satisfaction of knowing they were helping those less fortunate. “It made me feel good to know someone was going to have food to eat over the weekend,” one student commented. Another said, “I never knew there were so many hungry people in the Cleveland area.”
The seventh grade plans to sponsor a food drive in the spring for our own Fairview Park Hunger Center as a culminating activity for this service project.