Final Weeks at the Food Pantry
I am sad to say that I have completed my time at Church and Community program. I spent my last few weeks carrying out projects and continuing working in the food pantry. Our senior outreach program has been running for three weeks now and is a success. The past three Tuesdays, there were people lined up and ready for us when we arrived with the vegetables. The smiling and appreciative faces of local senior citizens greet us every week. We have been bringing vegetables such as squash, zucchini, peppers, onions, cucumbers and beets. We have also been bringing fruits such as cherries, peaches, and plums. The seniors are allowed to take as much food as they would like along with recipes, information on the food pantry, and coupons for the thrift shop. This experience has been incredibly rewarding. It is a great feeling to see this project carried out successfully and to see the direct impact that it has on people in the community. Although I will be gone, I am happy to say that the senior outreach program is going to continue into the fall.
The other project I have been working on the last few weeks is creating a video for the food pantry. I included photos of all the different food sections in the pantry: meat, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, grains, protein, and our storeroom. I included photos of volunteers stocking shelves and unloading food from the food bank. I also interviewed different volunteers in the pantry and recorded what they loved about volunteering and why they dedicate time every week to the pantry. All of these photos and interviews were compiled into a video on the pantry for the Church and Community program website and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Church-Community-Program-216517955077420/). The video has only been on Facebook for 24 hours and it already has over 20 shares and almost 800 views! I really enjoyed making the video and I hope that it successfully spreads the word about what the food pantry does so that more people will be encouraged to donate food, volunteer their time, or register for the pantry if they are eligible. The pantry does so much for so many families in the community, and it is important for the organization to have a lot of support. I have truly enjoyed learning about the North Country and all that Church and Community does for local families. I have learned new things, gained new skills, met so many wonderful people, and had a great summer immersing myself in the Canton community. I am looking forward to learning even more about the community during my last year at St. Lawrence!