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Pictured: Debbie Lederman and Bayle Vines packing boxes with rice and other canned goods.
On Wednesday, November 27, Emery’s Tikkun Olam club partnered with the National Honor Society for a Thanksgiving project at the Houston Food Bank. Over 80 students and their families were eager to help out, even if it meant waking up early on the first day of Thanksgiving break.
Emery wasn’t the only group volunteering on Wednesday; there were hundreds of other volunteers ready to help out fellow Houstonians in need of Thanksgiving meals. Emery’s task was to sort and package canned food into boxes that could be used for Thanksgiving recipes. Each box contained three canned fruits and vegetables, two cans of pumpkin, a bag of rice, split peas, and pecans, a jar of peanut butter, and finally a recipe sheet both in English and Spanish. Many of the students found this experience very meaningful because they knew that the boxes would be put to very good use.
Senior Julia Strug talks about her love for volunteering and why this experience was especially significant to her. “Volunteering has always been important to me, whether being with my school, family or strangers. However, because of the 2 million pounds worth of food the Food Bank recently loss, packaging food before this Thanksgiving was one of the most impactful experiences one could have before such a festive holiday. I am so grateful to have been one of the cogs within the vast Food Bank machine that benefits Houston’s residents in need.”