March 5, 2005
The Brown Gymnastics Team team took advantage of the school holiday on Tuesday, Feb. 22 and visited the Rhode Island Food Bank for a day of volunteering.
The day began with an introductory video about the Food Bank and those it serves. The gymnasts and coaches then participated in a few hours of examining donated goods, cleaning items and repacking 400 boxes of goods to be delivered to local pantries and organizations.
"Helping out at the food bank gave us a chance to see the hands-on level of community service - how the donations get to the people who need it. There's a lot of labor that goes into it, so it takes more than just generosity to really make a difference in fighting hunger," said junior Jessie Pouchet.
The day concluded with a tour of the operation, which serves nearly 51,000 people every month. According to the Rhode Island Food Bank, every week, almost 70,000 pounds of salvaged food is delivered from Stop & Shop and Shaw's supermarkets, and volunteers are needed to sort through the food to determine its quality for consumption.
"The Rhode Island Food Bank is a very impressive organization, helping thousands of hungry people every day. We enjoyed contributing to its efforts and helping serve the community," said Head Coach Sara Carver-Milne.