Monday, September 19, 2011

Food Box Packing 8/10/11

by John Aldrich

The past two Saturday mornings have been devoted to packing the Rainbow Food Boxes for the upcoming series of food runs. We didn't have the Alta High School soccer team this time but we still ended up with plenty of help to get the job done. A previous blog about the spring packing shows more of the overall activity in the warehouse. In this blog I will show some of the faces.

As has been the case for the past several years, the packing day was the culmination of a great deal of hard work on the part of Roger Daley who purchases all the food, sees that it gets to the warehouse, and organizes everything for the actual packing day. A great deal of preparation takes place behind the scenes to make this all happen.

Here's Roger with Kathy Wilde:

United Stationers, a wholesale office supply warehouse, has a community-service-oriented perspective, and three of their employees came to pitch in:

Rob Netzler, Sheri Thurgood, and Pam Getz were all hard workers who were busy the entire time and never took a break. Rob, in particular, was an enormous asset as he lifted all the boxes from the shopping carts onto the taping table. As you can see he's a strong, burly guy, but this was still more than we would expect any one person to do. If these three are representative of the work force at United Stationers, it must be a remarkably productive operation.

Family groups aren't unusual on food packing days, but the size of the group rounded up by Kate Maxwell-Stephens from her family must have set a new record. Here is Kate with a bunch of name tags to distribute to them:

While here is the whole group:

There are actually four generations represented in this photo.

Another multi-generation family was the Berryhills with three generations present:

Mary, Sandra, and Jackson, age 12, were all diligent workers.

The youngest-participant-award went to this infant whose mother, Misty, shows that juggling motherhood and ramen is a piece of cake:

The last photo shows a bit of an overview as the carts make the rounds of the warehouse:

Now the food is all packed, and the food runs will commence soon to get it all delivered to the Elders.

1 comment:

  1. Roger is indeed a wonderful organiser! He was patient with me as I learnt to do the filling of shopping cart with boxes. Great to see generations of families getting together to help out. It mirrors what the Elders families do, they all help each other.