It was the GoodGym show today at Bethnal Green Food bank as 5 of us turned up for a lunchtime session preparing for the big day tomorrow - Wednesday is distribution day when the members of the community reliant on the food bank are able to collect an essential bag of groceries for the week ahead.
We joined a few of the regular volunteers and as most of us were new to the Tuesday sessions we quickly got up to speed with what was needed.
Initially we set about preparing the bags that are to be handed out tomorrow, starting with the packs for families with children which were very quick to assemble.
Then by the time the majority of us had arrived we moved onto the meat bags, which involved picking a number of standard items including cereal, orange squash, rice and some tins along with the meat specific portion of the bag.
Once we finished that and we were onto the 81 bags of fish 🐟 based packages we were in full flow and it was just the 5 of us racing through the bags in next to no time as we had very much honed the process. It was a very collaborative effort with the efficient production line of bag packing a joy to behold.
Once that was all sorted we handled a number of other miscellaneous tasks around the food bank before heading our various ways, pleased with another good deed done.
Special mention to Jess on her second ever task 👏 Here's to many more!
Good Gym TH have been helping out at Bethnal Green foodbank all year and they have requested us especially over the busy Christmas period as a lot of their regular volunteers are away with family outside of London.
This sign up is for Tuesday the 4th where we will be unloading the weekly delivery, packing the weekly bags for Clients on Wednesday and sorting through any Christmas donations from some of our lovely local drop off points.
The event will be listed for the full session of 12-3.30 (end time depends on how quickly the work gets done) but volunteers are welcome to drop in for any length of time you can spare - an hour, 2, 3 or the whole session!
This is an indoor task so please bring your mask and expect to wear it. Also expect Christmas tunes and fun chats with some other local volunteers! :)