by John Aldrich
Rainbow Food Boxes are at the core of what the Adopt-A- Native-Elder Program represents. When Linda Myers first had her vision for the Program it was to provide food to help sustain traditional Elders in their struggle to survive. Her initial "food runs" consisted of informal trips to the reservation with whatever food items and clothing she was able to afford or gather.
What an evolution has taken place since those early years. Now that we support over 500 Elders we have a warehouse and organize the food into sets of boxes containing food items that the Elders have told us they would like. Packing these boxes is the largest warehouse-related job that we have throughout the year. The call for volunteers was beautifully answered with a large turnout yesterday morning for the first of two box packing days.
If you look back through the blog category "Warehouse" you will see that the general structure of the packing process has remained quite consistent in recent years. Volunteers move around the periphery of the warehouse with shopping carts containing the boxes which they fill with the food items stacked in cases along the walls. When filled, the boxes arrive at the taping table where they are closed up, labeled and stacked by food run area.