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Teen Spends His Summer Giving Back

July 12, 2011

Caleb is a 16 year old who is spending his summer giving back to his community. Each weekday morning he catches a bus from his grandmother’s house in Alamo Heights to the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB). Caleb shared that he needed to do something this summer to keep busy. He looked for work but didn’t find anything so he decided to volunteer at the SAFB.

Caleb has done a variety of jobs at the SAFB including working in the community garden harvesting produce, sorting non-perishable food items and meat, assembling meals for the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), stocking product, serving meals at the Community Kitchen Haven for Hope campus, general cleaning and more. 

When asked, Caleb noted, “The work is rewarding and lots of fun. Thinking about feeding kids and being helpful makes you feel good about yourself. Kids and people of all ages need to do some kind of good, but it shouldn’t be forced on anyone. If you make the volunteer project fun, people will want to come back and do it again.”

Caleb finds volunteering personally rewarding and he encourages others to get involved. His favorite assignment at the SAFB has been working in the garden because he gets to be outdoors and move around a lot. But he also enjoys working on assembling meals for the SFSP. He visualizes a stadium full of people when he’s working and knows that he’s helping feed that many people.

Please visit our website to learn about our volunteer opportunities. Join Caleb in fighting hunger and feeding hope.

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