As part of my role as a mentor for Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program, my co-mentor, Marilyn Lesser and I accompanied a group of our students from Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High to volunteer at Feeding South Florida on May 9.
We spent several hours at the nonprofit’s main warehouse (2501 SW 32nd Terrace in Pembroke Park) sorting through huge bins of donated canned food and preparing “backpacks” – food packages distributed to children on Fridays so they don’t go hungry over the weekend.
I learned something important from our day of service: In addition to donations of money and food, Feeding South Florida is equally in need of volunteers to donate time – to help sort and package food, as we did.
“We are always in need of Food, Funds and Friends,” explains Sari Vatske, Feeding South Florida’s VP of community relations. “The more hands on deck the better we are able to service the vast community of individuals struggling to put food on the table.”
Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age. Students can receive community service hours for their efforts. For information, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org. To volunteer, call 954-518-1818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.