MISSOULA – The Missoula Food Bank is historically at its peak during the holiday season and this year they are short of volunteers – which is why a fifth grade class is rallying to help.
A class of Sussex School students go to the food bank every other Wednesday to volunteer their time. This week the kids got to work picking up, wrapping and twisting bags of macaroni.
“We like to do this to help everyone, and it’s actually pretty fun,” said one student.
Teacher Daniel Flemings said the kids looked forward to these Wednesdays, “they’re always disappointed, Wednesdays we don’t come, maybe it’s because I make them do homework.”
Flemings added that they are proud to give back.
“They seem to have a grip on the real impact this is having on the community. I think it would be easy for them to think oh why do we have to put all these macaroni in a bag, but they love it, and I think they understand why they are doing it. “
Missoula food bank officials say what the children pack up will feed hundreds of families in the Missoula area.
“It is very important to keep track of how much repackaging has to be done and to get this food on our shelves,” said Missoula Food Bank operations manager Kelli Hess.
“We have become quite busy, especially since the pandemic, and since we reopened our doors last summer. Right now, with the holiday season approaching, we are seeing a lot more people passing by,” the coordinator said. Marcus Omeasoo volunteers. .
The packs will be on the shelves by Thursday, ready to feed Missoula. “Not only are they doing such valuable work for us, but having kids involved in the process just helps build the spirit of philanthropy,” Hess said.
The class will continue their volunteer efforts until the end of the year. The Sussex school also recently held a fresh food drive and donated 1,500 pounds of fresh food to the food bank.