On November 21, 2012, I performed my American Service Learning (ASL) at the Jewish food pantry named Kehilat Sephardim. I initially went earlier that week to volunteer there but was turned away because there were too many volunteers that day. I was surprised but happy that there were so many kind people who volunteered their time to help out in their community.
At the food pantry, I helped separate foods such as potatoes, carrots, and onions into bags. Then we handed out the bags to the people who came with a ticket. Along with foods like potatoes, carrots, and onions, we also gave potato chips, canned foods, lentils, and bananas. I also helped move the other foods from inside a shed outside to hand out to the people. It was a bit difficult since it was such a small space but it felt great to be able to be helping those in need. That day I did all my six hours at once and it was very cold and tiring working outside but knowing that I was helping others made it all worth it. It was the day before Thanksgiving so they were also handing out turkeys and it was a even greater experience knowing that we were supplying people with food and knowing that these families would have food for their families over Thanksgiving.
I met some other volunteers there that were older and weren’t volunteering there for school. One of the guys there was extremely nice and volunteered there almost regularly. I thought of what a great person he must be to dedicate so much of his time to helping there and not receiving any benefits in return. He was quite an inspiration and made me feel like I should spend more time helping out in the community.
Overall it was a really great experience and I would definitely want to volunteer at other places to help out others.