According to Feeding America 42.4 million Americans live in food insecure homes. The south in particular has a larger percentage of hungry people.
To give back to our community, I decided to plan a day for Project Humble that focused on doing our part to help combat the hunger. So we hooked up to volunteer with a local Nashville organization called Second Harvest. The mission of Second Harvest is to feed hungry people. They do so in several ways: one is by encouraging people in the community to host food drives. Everyone from the local Predator’s hockey team and the Tennessee Titans football team, to local elementary schools host food drives to help donate to the cause.
Another way Second Harvest sources food is through their partnerships with farms. The organization partners with farms within 800 miles of Nashville, with eight of those farms being volunteer hubs.
We had the pleasure of volunteering at one of the eight farms: River Run Farm.
When we arrived, we were met by the Second Harvest van.
We started by carrying some picnic tables to a pole barn across the field.
We were given knives, gloves, and our task: cutting potatoes into separate chunks with at least one eye each. By doing this, the farm will have a much larger harvest.
We got right to work, slicing and dicing those potatoes, sorting them into piles according to their kind: white or red.
I don’t know about you, but I like to give myself a challenge when it comes to work like this: It’s called the let-me-see-how-fast-I-can-complete-the-task challenge.
This girl was quite the potato slicing partner, too. “I actually like cutting potatoes, mom!” That comment earned her the title of Permanent Potato Princess in our house. She will now be assigned all potato related tasks.
Twice Baked Potatoes
And oh my goodness..what is this?
They look Delish! Thanks to Delish.com for this yummy recipe they call Sweet Potato Bites. Looks like the princess is going to have her hands full tomorrow because these need to be made ASAP.
Anyway…potatoes. There are lots of things you can do with potatoes and there will soon be some happy, hungry folks with some nicely harvested potatoes to make into good stuff, like pie.
Why did the pie cross the road?
She was meat an potato
Sorry…I’m just being an agi-tater. 🙂
So what happened, was that we cut all those bags of potatoes in half the time they thought it would take us, leaving us with extra time time to do this:
And then she spotted this….
Ummm..yes, please. I will take one horse snuggle, pronto.
God knows our hearts. All of them. Even that of a 12 year-old horse lover.
Isn’t it cool how the act of giving almost always blesses the giver more than the receiver?
I was proud of her; the way she handled all those bags of potatoes and the blessing of a horse snuggle. Or should I say a horshnuggle?
I hope you’ll volunteer somewhere. It doesn’t have to be at a fancy organization. It can be with your neighbor but get out there and help people.
What a great reminder to me of how awesome it feels to give..even if all you have to give is your time.
Another day of Project Humble is in the books..as I lay down with my full belly, thinking of all those going to bed hungry tonight.
If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. – Isaiah 58:10