By Annie and Ayadilis – This summer, the EATWISE interns are getting the chance to help clients at Food Bank’s Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Harlem. Seeing how the food pantry works firsthand has been an eye-opening experience.
When we first entered the pantry, the lead volunteer, Lisa Foss, explained how the system worked. The pantry is set up like a supermarket, allowing people to choose food from each aisle. There are grains, dairy, meat and other proteins, juice, fresh fruit and vegetables. Each of us was assigned to a different section of the pantry to help clients with their food selections.
As we interacted with the clients, they thanked us. One especially lovely woman gave each of the EATWISE interns a hug too. Volunteering at Food Bank’s Community Kitchen and Food Pantry and spending time with the clients helped us better understand the sacrifices many people have to make in order to feed themselves and their families. It also made us grateful and happy that we were able to help New Yorkers in need.
Annie and Ayadilis are Ambassadors for EATWISE (Educated and Aware Teens Who Inspire Smart Eating), a Food Bank For New York City nutrition education program.