Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 29

After a night in midtown (proof that giving back to your community can be done while your social life stays in tact), Dona and I went to Open Hand to help out this morning. Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through comprehensive nutrition care, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. Visit their website for more info:

We helped out with meal delivery today: coolers were filled with pre-packed trays, milk, and nutritional supplements, and we dropped these off to people's homes. You are given a route, depending on the amount of time you are able to give. We then sat through an orientation because its a lot more than just handing out food, its giving the right meal type to the right person. After that, we were on our way! We had nine stops on our route. All our deliveries were successful, meaning someone was home to take the food.

We had a good time driving around and meeting all our people. You definitely get a sense of helping because these are people who aren't able to get out on their own or who are too sick to even make a meal for themselves. We got back to the Open Hand office in about 2hours and met with the volunteer coordinator to set up some more times to go help out. They need a lot of help with meal deliveries, if anyone is interested please visit their website or comment to this post to get more info on how you can get involved.

Dona - thank you, thank you, thank you!

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