Today we did something awesome. Our Church hosted a "Food for Kidz" event and we went to help out for a couple of hours.
The Wife and the Boyo went last year to package food, and even their telling of it didn't convey the awesome of it.
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There were 16 or so stations set up in our fellowship hall, and ten people at each table. In assembly line fashion, we put in protein, some kind of powder, dried veggies and rice, then passed the little bag off to a weigh station to get the package to @400 grams, then to a heat sealing station to seal it, an then down the table to the packing station.
It didn't take too long before our group of ten was cruising right along, packaging meals. Each little bag contained 6 meals worth of food, and we did about 15 - 20 boxes during our shift.
With everyone working, we had packaged about 35,000 meals during our two hour shift. The goal of the day was to package 100,000 meals, and I have no doubt that the goal was reached.
It was awesome. Sweet Pea loved helping out where she could, and the Boyo found his niche in packaging, which included putting two bags on each of 18 rectangles on a packaging board, then packing those 36 bags into a box. Lots of movement and energy required, which is right up his alley!
He also left with a greater appreciation of what we were doing it for, and we talked about what it would be like to go to bed without supper, or to go days and weeks without regular meals.
And at the end of the day, we were even more aware and thankful for the lives we have been dropped into. The kiddos both cleaned their plates at dinner tonight, not wanting to waste the food that we have been blessed with.
It was a great day.