Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Food Has Arrived!

by John Aldrich

Today was the big day for the food delivery for the upcoming spring food runs. Lots of advance planning and work goes into this by our assistant director and warehouse manager C.J. Robb. C.J. has redesigned the layout of the warehouse for the food so we all had to reorient to the new system. Since he had to be at Walmart during the morning working on the order, he thoughtfully left us instructions as to how he wanted us to do things.

Food items were all assigned new locations around the warehouse. Handy new signs had been created to indicate where each should go. You will also note new signs for the food run locations as well.

An excellent turnout of volunteers was ready when the door opened for the first truckload of food.

Boyd Mitchell was once again the driver and pallet wrangler for the delivery.

Once pallets were off the truck volunteers got right to work putting food items in their respective locations.

Sam Aloia took charge of the Ramen.

And Lamar Clark helped Boyd on the truck.

The pallets kept coming and the volunteers kept working.

Fred Toensing pauses before hefting a load of food.

When the truck left for the second load, everyone gathered for a group photo.

The next big step in preparing the food for the Elders will be packing the Rainbow Food Boxes. This activity needs a much bigger turnout of volunteers. We hope that you will be able to join us on two consecutive Saturdays, March 7th and March 14th at the warehouse from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

The final step, of course, will be the food runs themselves when the boxes will be delivered to the Elders. Please consider joining us for one of these rewarding excursions to the reservation. Details can be found on the Volunteer Activities Page of our web site.