The First Star Greater Washington Academy (FSGWA) met on April 4th, 2015 at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) to participate in community service activities for the day. Since 1980, the Capital Area Food Bank has served the communities and people in the Greater DC Metropolitan Area who suffer from hunger. Annually, the Capital Area Food Bank gives food to 500,000 people and provides 35 million total meals. Their programs approach the issues of hunger and proper nutrition head-on by partnering with other agencies to provide food to those who need it most. Our students were thrilled to volunteer with such an amazing organization that helps so many people in the Greater DC Area.
Students and Mentors arrived at CAFB at 9am for a three-hour volunteering session. The first assignment was to pack individual bags of produce that would be provided to school children the following week. These fresh produce bags consisted of potatoes, corn, and oranges. The FSGWA students and mentors created an assembly line and efficiently packaged nearly 400 bags in the first part of their community service. After finishing the first assignment, the FSGA group joined other volunteers in creating non-perishable food bags which consisted of raisins, green beans, lentil beans, pasta, canned fruit and many more food items. This large group of volunteers, with help from everyone at FSGWA, finished over 1,000 non-perishable food bags for those in need. Through the accomplishment of both of these tasks, the volunteering session was finished and the students and mentors spent some time talking to one another, catching up with each other and discussing how they enjoyed being able to give back to the community on this Saturday morning.