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Food Bank, Chateauguay

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

semi-overcast 57 °F

We started mid-morning at the church to prepare for the Food Bank on Thursday. We sorted frozen tortellini into family sized packages, sorted and straightened the canned goods and packaging bags. Sorting_Tortollini.jpgWe were repackaging 50 lbs. of granola that had been donated by a supplier. We were about halfway done when we found bugs and larvae in the second large bag. We just had to throw out about half of the granola. That’s sad.

One of the ladies in the church made lunch for us. It was a delicious stew of chicken and vegetables and rice. The men missed it because they went to the farm to pick up produce for the food boxes.

After lunch, we swept and mopped the floors in the all rooms in the basements. When the men returned with the produce from the farm, we unloaded it into the basement of the church through the window with a roller-slide. There were carrots, cucumbers, onions, bell peppers, spinach, parsley, Chinese cabbage, escarole, and 2 kinds of lettuce. We will prepare 108 food boxes for pick up tomorrow. We packed the lettuce in plastic cartons and other greens in a bag. The carrots were checked for rot. Anything that is unusable was put in the compost


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Isabelle, the pastor’s daughter, prepared dinner for us. Isabelle manages a group home for mentally handicapped adults. Some of her residents came with her to the church. They also attend services with Isabelle.

In the evening, the church holds a praise and thanksgiving service. After music, there was a time of sharing from the congregations. It was a wonderful time of worship and praise. Afterward, many of the church members said goodbye as they made their way home.

Posted by travelagain 05:11 Archived in Canada

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