This blog post was written by Pack to Plate Volunteer Coordinator, Amanda Hutson
Why do people volunteer? What exactly is that driving force that calls us to give our time, effort, and attention to something other than ourselves? Pack to Plate’s group of dedicated volunteers have answered this call in themselves and are offering more than just their time – they are providing the foundation for hundreds of kids to develop healthy habits in all aspects of their lives.
Pack to Plate’s volunteers are involved in every aspect of the organization, from picking up food from our partners, to teaching students the power of vegetables, to researching grants that will enable us to move forward into the future. Furthermore, all of Pack to Plate’s leadership is provided by donated time, with no compensation but the feeling of doing something good in our community.
Without our volunteers, Pack to Plate would not be able to attain the three major aspects of its mission: addressing the abundant food waste in Athens, tackling the oppressive reality of childhood food-insecurity, and educating the community in healthy eating habits. Our volunteers actively contribute to all three of these goals, but they also play a more subtle role that benefits the students of Athens-Clarke County. With their presence in the classrooms and beyond, Pack to Plate’s volunteers become role models, advocating not just healthy eating habits, but also a regular practice of volunteerism and the need to take an active part in the health of our community. While today students may only see volunteers teaching them how to make smoothies, tomorrow they may remember not only the lesson that strawberries and bananas are both good for you and delicious, they will also remember that someone cared enough about their lives to try to make them better.
This is the power of volunteerism, and why I personally give my time and energy to Pack to Plate. The healthy habits we are attempting to inspire are not limited to choosing an apple over french fries, but extend to making good choices that will last for a lifetime and will impact every aspect of these students’ lives.
If you are interesting in volunteering with Pack to Plate or serving on its leadership team, please email us at email@example.com for more information.
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