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Tomorrow night we’ll be helping out at the Ottawa Food Bank.  We’ve done this a couple of times before and it is a good way to let kids make a direct impact on our neighbourhood.

Things to think about:

  • Food Bank visits are pretty popular around big holidays.  Think about doing a food drive/or Unit visit when the food need is still great, but the helpers are fewer.
  • Because of the popularity, book a fall food bank visit early.
  • Make sure your girls wear clothes they can get dirty.
  • And, if there is enough room (check with your Food Bank) invite the parents along (it takes a lot of muscle to move a lot of food — the more the merrier).  And it is fun to see your kids working with their parents.

What you’ll do:

  • It is always good to have the girls show up with a non perishable food item – or a toiletry item of some kind.  That’s the point, after all.
  • Depending on the facility you’re visiting, you may get to see a food sorting operation, a big fridge (I don’t know why, but kids like big fridges), and lots of food.
  • The representative will probably talk to you about what the Food Bank does, where they get food, and they’ll talk about what the Food Bank needs.  And what it doesn’t.
  • And then you’ll probably sort food into categories so it can be distributed properly.

And that’s it.  A fairly simple meeting that has a big punch of meaning.  Book it early, and give it a try.

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