This week our family volunteered at the Oregon Food Bank. They’re an amazing nonprofit providing food to approximately 270,000 people in need every month. They partner with farmers, wholesalers, retailers, and government agencies to collect and distribute food to hungry families and individuals across our state. After the excesses of the holiday season, it was time to give back to our community and remind our kids about the value of helping others.

We especially enjoyed visiting the food bank since one of our clients, WALSH Construction built the 110,000 sqft headquarters and distribution center which are low-maintenance and energy efficient. Soaring wooden beams give a warm, welcoming feeling to what could have been another bland warehouse. It’s always fun to see a client’s work in action and they’ve set this nonprofit up for success.

After the excesses of the holiday season, it was time to give back to our community and remind our kids about the value of helping others.

Along with a room full of eager volunteers, we tackled about 20 huge bins piled high with organic potatoes, separating them into individual bags. Volunteers of all ages pitched in by collecting the filled bags and carrying them to large boxes for transport. It was a mad dash to keep the production cycle flowing quickly: cardboard boxes were built, 600-900 pound loads were weighed, and moved into the warehouse for shipping with pallet trucks. Groups cheered each other on while packaging and engaged with some fun competition to encourage a race to the finish line.

In only two hours, our volunteer crew bagged 29,551 pounds of potatoes! It was wonderful to volunteer at Oregon Food Bank with a room full of other people wanting to do something meaningful for those in need. There’s so much can be accomplished when people come together to do good.

Pounds of potatoes bagged

Meals for families in need

Meals for hungry Oregonians