The week before school started, I had my heart set on doing another volunteer project. It’s so important to me to get involved in my community and serve those who really need it. I also really enjoy volunteering and so I wanted to do another volunteer project before school became hectic. So, I researched local volunteer opportunities and I came across the Grassroots’ Make a Meal Donation project. With the help of my mom, who showed me how to use Instacart (which was really helpful for us and I’m sure many other families during COVID lockdown), I ordered enough food to make 50 sandwiches, 50 bags of pretzels and 50 bottles of water. You have the option of making several different types of meals from examples shown on their website.
After ordering everything for pickup from my local Aldi’s, I got back home and got to work. My mom and I did an assembly line to help speed up the process. For example, I allocated 3-4 slices of ham for each sandwich and about a half of a cup of pretzels for each snack bag. It only took my mom and I two hours to do but I think that doing this type of project with 3 or 4 other people would only take about and hour or less! My mom and I actually had fun making the sandwiches and we even put on an audio book to listen to while we did it.
If you are interested in this project, here’s the list of what I ordered to get started:
- 6 loafs of white bread
- 4 packs of American cheese singles
- 5 Deli Sliced Honey Ham
- 2 cases of bottled water
- 4 bags of mini pretzels
If you want to get involved in your community, there are a lot of different resources for you to find via the internet. If you’re local to the Columbia, Maryland area check out Grassroots website here.
For those of you who are looking for a community service project, this is a great cause to get behind!