This of chapter six of my book, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community. I wrote the book to teach people who lead volunteers to do good work in your community.
This is section eight and is a chance for you, my blog readers, to enjoy a section of the book for free.
PACKING THE FOOD
Now that you’ve purchased the food you need and you have it organized, it’s time to pack it. Packing the food is another example of where simple means success. It needs to be simple because you’re going to have volunteers doing all the work and none of them are going to pack food exactly the same way.
The reason we label the tables isn’t just to sort the food, it’s so volunteers know how much food goes into each box. On the signs saying what food goes on the table we always write how much of that food is supposed to be placed in each box. These labels make it easy for the volunteers to cruise along the assembly line of sorting tables and place the appropriate amount of food into their box. Sarah labels each food table with an A, B, or C. That is the code we use for how much food to deliver to each family. Families of four or less people receive an “A” box. Families of five to seven receive a “B” box, and families of eight or more receive a “C” box. You can find a list of how much food goes into the A, B, and C boxes in the appendix.
Packing the food is a fun part of A Day of Hope because the assembly line all set up and volunteers go down it just throwing in food as they go along. They work fast and before you know it, even little kids and skinny people have The Hulk like strength as they lift heavy boxes.
Now that you’ve packed the food, you’re ready for another section of your project, delivering the food to families who need it.