Jennifer: In 2012 I began volunteering for the Houston Food Bank to log community service hours for a leadership society I had joined while I was completing my MBA. I was instantly hooked to the high energy and efficiency of the Portwall Warehouse. I kept going back and soon found myself so attached to the Food Bank that I became an Apple Corps Leader (ACL) in 2013 along with my sister. Apple Corps leaders are a group of dedicated volunteers who commit a certain number of hours a month in the fight against hunger. Volunteers are crucial to the Houston Food Bank as they only have the budget to employ an extremely small staff. I was so dedicated that in 2014 I was asked to serve on the ACL Advisory Committee. I really enjoyed brining anyone I could to the Houston Food Bank with me to volunteer because it was such a great experience! One weekend my mom joined my sister and I for a volunteer shift. After the shift in the car on the way home she quietly began to cry as she recalled how my Dad and her often struggled as teenage newlyweds and new parents to make their dollars stretch to the end of the week so they could eat despite my Dad working two jobs. She told me how satisfying it felt to give back to the working poor who often go hungry. That moment left a permanent impression on me and made me realize how truly important my work with the Houston Food Bank is.
Edgar: When I was younger, I remember being sent by my Grandmother with the electricity bill to my elementary school park because they were handing out free lunches. As a child I didn’t understand this, but I just figured it was free food. I also remember that around the holidays, my grandmother would take a bus with some of her friends from the neighborhood and come back with a bunch of groceries. She didn't make much money and we didn't live in the most lavish neighborhood so I always took what I could get. In August 2017 after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston, Jennifer, her sister and I went to work a volunteer shift to process all of the food donations that were pouring into the city. At the end of the shift, the staff explained that the Houston Food Bank works with local partner agencies to help the working poor feed their families. In that moment I realized that the food I was sent to get from the elementary school park had come from the Houston Food Bank. I appreciate everything that my Grandmother and the Houston food bank provided for me. It definitely helped my Grandmother and I in a time of need. It wasn't a permanent thing, we just needed it at the time and I'm extremely appreciative that they have been there for people like my grandmother when they needed them the most.
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