Last December, Thanh volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank for the first time. He’d been invited to join fellow members from his Buddhist Temple to join in a day of service.
“I never knew there was such a great need in Orlando,” Thanh recalls.
On that first volunteer shift, Thanh helped sort meat donations received through the food bank’s Grocery Alliance program. This initiative rescues excess products from local grocery and warehouse clubs. Volunteers help sort through these items and package them for distribution to kids, families and seniors in need at 550 area food pantries, soup kitchens, shelter programs and other feeding partners.
Instead of setting a goal for the New Year, Thanh issued a challenge to himself to see how many volunteer hours he could complete in 2019. Since January, he has completed over 520 volunteer hours by helping in the meat and dry food sorting areas, packaging meals for kids in the production kitchen, and at special events, like food show rescues.
“Volunteering gives me a great sense of accomplishment. I always leave feeling tired. It’s a good tired knowing that I helped someone that day.”
To learn more about volunteering, visit www.feedhopenow.org/volunteer.