September 2017 Volunteer of the Month: OCPS Transition Services Students

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is proud to recognize the six students in residence with us from Orange County Public Schools ESE Transition Services. These adult students (ages 18 – 22) are developing important job skills, including communication, teamwork and confidence. Since August 14, Shaquan, Mike, Eric, Michael, Odai and Brian have become familiar faces around the food bank as they rotate through the production kitchen, warehouse and food sorting areas.

The students are a joyful bunch, willing to help with whatever the task at hand may be. 

When asked what they hope to achieve at the end of the year, the resounding answer is, “a job.” As they work toward this goal, the students aim for quality work over quantity. Once they master a skill, then they work on their pace and efficiency.

Some lessons learned so far include:

  • Cleanliness: this includes the dishwashing process of washing, rinsing and sanitizing
  • Freshness: sealing food cups and meal packages safely and securely
  • Accuracy: packaging food orders, portioning meal components and counting supplies
  • Sequencing: placing multiple steps in a process to achieve productive workflow

Working alongside these students, one can’t help but notice the pride they take in their work. Shaquan says at the end of a shift she is happy and feels good about what she achieves. Michael is excited to be working with his co-workers to accomplish tasks. They are all proud of their new skills and it is only September!

We are grateful for the opportunity to help these students learn and grow while they in return help feed our neighbors in need.

Volunteer with us soon.

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